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Americans Living Longer... And Living Sicker

05/29/13

  05:11:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Americans Living Longer... And Living Sicker

Midwest states Ohio and Michigan rank, appropriately enough, among the middle of the pack in a study of senior health nationwide, USA Today reports.

The newly-released America’s Health Rankings Senior Report found that while Americans are living longer, such conditions as obesity, heart disease and diabetes have escalated – and as more baby boomers turn 65, the combination portends a health care crisis.

Health of Americans 65 and older: How states stack up

Among signs of impending challenges the report cites:

  • 1 in 8 Americans (13% or 40.3 million) are 65 or older, and that is projected to grow to 1 in 5 (19.3%, or 72.1) in 2030, the year all members of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65, according to Census data.
  • Nearly 8 in 10 seniors are living with at least one chronic health condition; 50% have two or more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
  • Adults 65 and older spend nearly twice as much as those 45 to 64 on health care each year; they spend three to five times more than all adults younger than 65, according to CDC.

Minnesota, also a Midwest state, topped the senior health rankings (see chart above). Among other Midwest states, Iowa also fared well at 5th, followed by North Dakota and Nebraska (11th and 14th, respectively). Michigan and Ohio fall roughly in the center of the rankings (26th and 28th), while further down on the list are Indiana (32) and Illinois (37).

See the complete state ranking at USAToday.com.

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