Survey ranks Colorado seniors’ health 8th best in US, but smoking’s a problem

May 21, 2015
Seniors in Colorado are relatively healthy compared to other states.  But a new report from the United Health Foundation finds some trouble spots.
Overall, the state's seniors ranked 8th nationally, down two places from last year, in the America's Health Rankings report. Colorado seniors had the second lowest rate for obesity.
Other highlights from the report:
  • Chronic drinking decreased 15 percent from 5.2 percent to 4.4 percent for those 65 and older in the past year.
  • Food insecurity for those 60 and older increased 22 percent from 10.9 percent to 13.3 percent in the past year.
  • In the past two years, those 65 and older who were judged to have a "very good" or "excellent" health status increased 12 percent from 44.9 percent to 50.1 percent.
But one problem area is smoking, according to Dr. William Mandell, a medical director for United Healthcare of Colorado. Seniors here ranked 27th in that category. 
“It’s of concern, when you think about one out of 10 seniors are smoking.  And we see many hospitalizations for chronic lung disease almost directly related to smoking," he said.

The America's Health Rankings report is published by the United Health Foundation, which is part of United Health.

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