The report’s key findings for Ohio include:
- Ohio seniors rank first in prescription drug coverage (89 percent of Medicare enrollees aged 65 and older).
- In the past two years, frequent mental distress decreased from 7.4 percent to 6.2 percent of adults aged 65 and older.
- In the past five years, low-care nursing home residents increased from 9.2 percent to 11.7 percent of residents.
- In the past year, SNAP reach decreased from 77 to 65.9 participants per 100 adults aged 60 or older in poverty.
- In the past year, home health care workers increased from 109.4 to 114.7 aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 and older.
Nationally, the findings state:
- Seniors in rural areas are 13 percent more likely to be physically inactive (34.3 percent) compared to their peers living in suburban (30.4 percent) and urban areas (30.1 percent).
- Seniors in rural areas are 7 percent less likely to receive the flu vaccination (57.2 percent) than urban seniors (61.4 percent).
- The suicide rate among seniors has increased 12 percent since the 2014 edition of the Senior Report;
- Risk of social isolation among seniors varies widely by state with a concentrated area of high risk from the mid-Southern region through the Appalachian Mountain states. States with the lowest social isolation risk are generally found in the Rocky Mountain region.
- Food insecurity decreased 7 percent in the past year.
- The number of home health care workers increased 20 percent since 2013 (per 1,000 adults age 75 and older).
The full Ohio report is available online.