CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia ranks low in America’s Health Rankings Senior Report when it comes to overall senior (65+) health, but the study finds that seniors in the Mountain State have a high rate of flu vaccinations and SNAP enrollment and a low rate of excessive drinking. Some of the challenges that face our state are obesity and an early death rate.
About half of the West Virginia seniors who participated in the study reported visiting the dentist within the past year. West Virginia is also ranked last in the nation in the percentage of seniors who are able bodied, meaning having no disability that would make independent living difficult.
The study reported about 4 percent of West Virginia seniors said they participate in binge drinking, and the state ranks second in the nation for the number of seniors who had a flu vaccine this year.
Here is a list from the study of the five states that face the most problems for seniors:
Five States with the Most Challenges for Seniors, 2019
- West Virginia
Across the nation, the report shows significantly more home health care workers and an increase in the use of hospice and SNAP this year.
“Home is where most seniors want to be,” said Dr. Rhonda Randall, advisor to America’s Health Rankings. “This is an encouraging trend that may help seniors to continue to live independently or remain in their homes longer.”
US Overall Senior Health Rankings, 2019
The senior population in general has grown 45 percent since 2000, and there are more than 50 million seniors living in the United States today.