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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • NEBRASKA RANKS 14th FOR SENIOR HEALTH

  • Nebraska is ranked 14th for senior health, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.
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  •  Nebraska is ranked 14th for senior health, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.
     
    United Health Foundation commissioned the America’s Health RankingsSenior Report to examine the health challenges affecting today’s seniors and to encourage the nation and local communities to find ways to improve senior health. Americans are living longer but sicker lives and America’s senior population is poised to grow more than 50 percent between 2015 and 2030, making senior health a timely and critical national issue.
     
    The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report is the most comprehensive rankings to date of senior health on state and national levels and can be viewed and downloaded at www.americashealthrankings.org. This report builds on the annual America’s Health Rankings report which, for 23 years, has presented the definitive analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.
     
    “United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report is a highly valuable tool to help gain a greater understanding of the health challenges faced by Nebraska’s seniors,” said Daniel Clute, M.D., medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Nebraska. “Nebraska’s growing senior population points to the urgency of identifying key opportunities for improving senior health and pursuing effective solutions at the national, state, community and family levels.”
     
    The America’s Health RankingsSenior Report assesses state-level performance on 34 different elements, including both health determinants and health outcomes.
     
    Nebraska’s Bill of Health
    The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds that Nebraska has its share of strengths and challenges for senior health. 
     
    Nebraska’s Strengths
    ·         High percentage of volunteerism
    ·         High rate of highly-rated nursing home beds
    ·         Low prevalence of food insecurity
     
    Nebraska’s Challenges
    ·         Low percentage of social support
    ·         High geriatrician shortfall
    Page 2 of 2 - ·         Limited availability of home health care workers
     
    Among all 50 States: Minnesota leads the nation for senior health, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi ranks 50th, preceded by Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas.
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