NH ranked 5th healthiest state for seniors

May 17, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

According to a new report from the United Health Foundation, New Hampshire is the fifth healthiest state in the nation for seniors. 

Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth. Maine ranked eleventh. The healthiest state for seniors was Minnesota and the least healthy state was Mississippi.

The ranking considered over three dozen factors, from nursing home quality to the percentage of seniors with serious falls.

New Hampshire scored particularly high on dental health, health screenings, and overall health status, and particularly low for poverty and smoking rates.

New Hampshire's ranking was hurt by a high rate of excessive drinking, low prescription drug coverage, and a low number of home health care workers. The obesity rate is also rising among seniors.

The overall health of New Hampshire's seniors may be of particular concern to policymakers because New Hampshire has one of the oldest average ages in the U.S. Click here to learn more about the policy challenges from New Hampshire's aging population. 

Do you think New Hampshire seniors are healthier than seniors in other states? How should New Hampshire prepare for an aging population? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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