Kentucky Seniors Rank Low on Annual Health Ranking Report

health rankingKentucky seniors (age 65 and older) rank in the bottom 10 states for 23 of 35 measures ranked by the 2015 America’s Health Ranking Seniors Report, placing Kentucky in 48th place for the second year in a row. The state ranked last in “total health outcomes” and “preventable hospitalizations”; next to last in “premature deaths” and “education”; and third-from-last for “smoking,” “seniors who are considered underweight,” and “poor mental health days.” But it wasn’t all bad news – the report said that Kentucky seniors’ strengths are in “low prevalence of chronic drinking,” “low percentage of low-care nursing home residents,” and “high flu vaccination coverage.” For more information, go online to http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Senior/KY.