When America’s senior health rankings were announced recently the headline for Utahns was that our state has the healthiest seniors in the U.S.
The report from the United Health Foundation highlights 34 measures of senior health.
Dr. Rhonda Randall of United Healthcare Retiree Solutions explains what helped Utah win the title.
”Doing the best in the nation,” Dr. Randall explained, “with regards to the least amount of seniors who are smoking, the least amount of seniors who are excessively drinking, the most amount of seniors who are volunteering and you have a very high rate of social connectedness, meaning you are the lowest in the nation for social isolation by your seniors this year.”
Utah has grown from tenth to first in the six years of this report, but Randall said there are always areas to be improved.
”More seniors need to have a dedicated health care provider like a primary care physician; Utah ranks 43rd in the nation for dedicated health care provider.
“Not doing as good on managing diabetes so for those seniors that do have diabetes, there is any opportunity to get their blood sugar under greater control. And more seniors in Utah need to get their flu vaccine every year.”
The overall report indicates seniors in rural areas are not as healthy as those in urban areas.