Ohio’s senior health lags other states

Ohio lags other states for the health of aging adults, according to a report released recently by the United Health Foundation.

The Buckeye State ranks 38th out of 50 states.

About more than 33 percent of Ohio seniors are obese, the worst in the nation. The state has several other challenges, including a high rate of physical inactivity and low flu vaccination coverage.

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Ohio performed well in several areas, including prescription drug coverage, hospice use and low percentage of hospital deaths.

More than 15 percent of Ohio’s population is older than 65.

Nationally, more than 1 in 7 Americans are seniors. Due to frequent care, seniors are the largest group of health care consumers, the study said, spending three to five times more than younger U.S. residents.

The study was based on several measures and outcomes, including premature death, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity, among others.

The top-5 healthiest states for aging adults are:

1. Massachusetts

2. Vermont

3. New Hampshire

4. Minnesota

5. Hawaii

The least healthy states for aging adults included:

46. West Virginia

47. Arkansas

48. Mississippi

49. Oklahoma

50. Louisiana