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The 2018 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds:
  • The risk of social isolation is highest in Mississippi and Louisiana, and lowest in Utah and New Hampshire. This new, multifactorial measure identifies areas where seniors are at higher risk of social isolation.
  • An increase in the suicide rate among seniors, with notable differences across states. Since the 2014 Senior Report, the suicide rate among seniors increased 12 percent from 14.8 to 16.6 deaths per 100,000 seniors.
  • Seniors living in rural areas experience health disparities across a wide range of behaviors, clinical care and outcomes measures.
  • Utah is the new healthiest state for seniors, followed by Hawaii (No. 2), New Hampshire (No. 3), Minnesota (No. 4) and Colorado (No. 5). These states ranked in the top five in 2017.
  • Louisiana ranks as the state with the most challenges for seniors, followed by Mississippi (No. 49), Kentucky (No. 48), Arkansas (No. 47) and Oklahoma (No. 46).
  • Rhode Island made the most progress since the first Senior Report was released in 2013, improving from No. 30 to No. 8. Alaska and Utah made gains as well, improving 17 and 9 ranks, respectively. Arizona experienced the greatest decline, falling from No. 18 to No. 31 over the past five years. Vermont Kansas and Nebraska declined 11, 9 and 9 ranks, respectively.

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