HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut ranks 10th for senior health this year. That’s up two spots from 2014 according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.
The report finds Connecticut has its share of strengths and challenges. While Connecticut ranked in the “Top 10” on 16 measures, it ranked in the bottom 20 among the 50 states on 10 measures.
The strengths for our state include the following. Connecticut seniors get their health screenings with 89.7 percent of adults aged 65-74 getting those exams, ranking it #7. Seniors visit the dentist, 75.5 percent getting routine care, ranking #4. Access to flu vaccines lags at #21 with only 63.6 percent of seniors getting the shot. In Connecticut, fewer seniors live in poverty, seven percent of adults aged 65 or older at #7. Other “Top 10” rankings include high levels of education at #6. Seniors reporting very good or excellent health status #8, and premature deaths #2.
But there is room for improvement. Connecticut’s challenges include lower rankings in chronic drinking #39, high percentage of hospital deaths #39, and access to hospice care #38 to name a few.