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Behaviors

Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported visiting a dental health professional within the past 12 months
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Excessive Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported either binge drinking (having four or more [women] or five or more [men] drinks on one occasion in the past 30 days) or chronic drinking (having eight or more [women] or 15 or more [men] drinks per week)
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a body mass index of 30.0 or higher based on reported height and weight
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Pain Management*

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who reported that arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2015

Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older in fair or better health who reported doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the past 30 days
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who are smokers (reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke every or some days)
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Community & Environment

Community Support

Expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging per adult aged 60 and older living in poverty
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration on Aging, State Program Reports; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015

Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who faced the threat of hunger in the past 12 months
National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, The State of Senior Hunger in America, 2015

Home-delivered Meals

Number of meals served per 100 adults aged 60 and older with independent living difficulty
U.S. HHS, Administration on Aging, State Program Reports; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015

Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated four- or five-stars over a three-month period
U.S. HHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Nursing Home Compare, Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100 percent of the poverty threshold
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016

Volunteerism*

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported volunteering in the past 12 months
Corporation for National & Community Service, 2013-2015

Policy

Geriatrician Shortfall*

Percentage of geriatricians required to meet estimated need
American Geriatrics Society, 2016

Health Care Associated Infection (HAI) Policies*

Percentage of 24 reporting and validation policies implemented in the state to monitor health care associated infections in hospitals
CDC, 2016 National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report, 2014

Low-care Nursing Home Residents*

Percentage of nursing home residents who do not require physical assistance for late-loss activities of daily living
Brown University, Shaping Long Term Care in America Project, 2015

Prescription Drug Coverage*

Percentage of Medicare enrollees aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, State Health Facts, 2014

SNAP Reach

Number of adults aged 60 and older who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) per 100 adults aged 60 and older living in poverty
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016

Clinical Care

Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported having one or more people they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare enrollees aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2015

Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported receiving a flu vaccine in the past year
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Health Screenings

Percentage of women aged 65 to 74 who reported receiving a mammogram in the past two years and the percentage of adults aged 65 to 75 who reported receiving colorectal cancer screening within the recommended time period
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 years and older
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016

Hospice Care*

Percentage of Medicare decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last six months of life after diagnosis of a condition with a high probability of death
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2014

Hospital Deaths*

Percentage of deaths occurring in a hospital among chronically ill Medicare decedents aged 65 and older
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2014

Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of Medicare enrollees aged 65 and older who were readmitted within 30 days of hospital discharge
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2015

Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare enrollees aged 65 and older
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2015

Outcomes

Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no cognitive, visual, auditory, ambulatory, self-care and/or independent living difficulty disability
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016

Early Death

Deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74
CDC, National Vital Statistics System, 2016

Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported they had fallen in the past 12 months
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Frequent Mental Distress

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported their mental health was not good 14 or more days in the past 30 days
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

High Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported their health is very good or excellent
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Hip Fractures

Number of hospitalizations for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare enrollees aged 65 and older
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2015

ICU Use

Percentage of Medicare decedents aged 65 and older spending seven or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU)/critical care unit during the last six months of life
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 2015

Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported having had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease
CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016
*The data appearing in this edition are the same that appeared in the 2017 edition. A data update was not available at the time of this publication.

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