Health Status - Seniors
- Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent
Health Status is the percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report very good or excellent health. The senior ranks are based on 2014 data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent varies from 50.7% in New Hampshire (95% CI: 47.9%, 53.5%) to 30.4% in Alabama (95% CI: 28.3%, 32.5%). Nationally, 41.2% (95% CI: 40.7%, 41.7%) of seniors report their health is very good or excellent.
Self-reported health status is an indicator of the population’s self-perceived health. It is a subjective measure that is not limited to certain health conditions or outcomes. It is influenced by life experience, the health of loved ones, and such factors as social support that affect overall well-being.  This measure also detects variations in population well-being that go largely unnoticed in standard measurements of disease burden and mortality. Research shows that those with a poorer self-reported health status have higher rates of mortality from all causes, which makes it a valuable measure of comprehensive health. The association between health status and mortality makes it a good predictor of future mortality rates and future health care use as persons with poor health status will likely seek care.
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