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Vermont Senior Health Ranking (United Health Foundation)

82017

Story Behind the Curve

Ranking:

Vermont is eighth this year; it was second in 2016. The state ranks fifth for general population health and second for the health of women and children.

Strengths:



• Low percentage of ICU use

• High SNAP enrollment

• Low percentage of seniors living in poverty

Challenges:

• Low percentage of healthcare-associated infection reporting policies

• High prevalence of excessive drinking

• Low percentage of hospice care use

Highlights:



• In the past two years, poverty decreased 10% from 7.3% to 6.6% of adults aged 65+.

• In the past three years, food insecurity increased 43% from 10.8% to 15.4% of adults aged 60+.

• In the past three years, hip fractures decreased 32% from 6.9 to 4.7 hospitalizations per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.

• Since 2013, smoking increased 45% from 6.2% to 9.0% of adults aged 65+.

• Since 2013, obesity increased 13% from 23.8% to 26.9% of adults aged 65+.

• Since 2013, hospice care increased 57% from 23.5% to 37.0% of Medicare decedents aged 65+.



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