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22 facts about the health of Maine seniors. (Bad teeth, but otherwise in excellent shape)

Posted May 27, 2015, at 7:35 a.m.

Nearly 50 percent of Maine seniors report they’re in very good or excellent health, ranking this state No. 4 in the country. What’s more, Maine ranks No. 1 for its clinical care of seniors, No. 1 for the number of low-care residents in nursing homes, and No. 1 for providing the recommended hospital care to seniors.

On the flip side, the state doesn’t fare so well in terms of its percentage of seniors who are chronic drinkers or food insecure. And it gets dinged for its prescription drugs coverage.

But it ranks worst on measurements of dental health: Many seniors aren’t seeing a dentist regularly, and as a result many are having all their teeth removed.

Recently, America’s Health Rankings released a report on the health of seniors nationally and on a state-by-state basis.

Here are just some of the measurements used to determine Maine seniors’ health, and Maine’s rank among all the states:

Able-bodied

– 63.9 percent of adults age 65 and older have no disability.

– Rank 27

 

Chronic drinking

– 4.8 percent of adults aged 65 and older consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women.

– Rank 39

 

Clinical care

– Maine ranks No. 1 for its treatment and management of seniors’ existing conditions and prevention of others.

 

Dental visits

– 60.9 percent of adults aged 65 and older reported having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months.

– Rank 41

 

Diabetes management

– 82.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes have received a blood lipids test.

– Rank 11

 

Falls

– 29.7 percent of adults age 65 and older reported having had a fall within the last 12 months.

– Rank 31

 

Flu vaccine

– 63.4 percent of adults aged 65 and older received the flu vaccine in the last year.

– Rank 22

 

Food insecurity

– 6.1 percent of adults aged 60 and older are marginally food insecure.

– Rank 35

 

Health status

– 48.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older report their health is very good or excellent.

– Rank 4

 

Hip fractures

– 5.7 out of every 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries are hospitalized for hip fractures.

– Rank 17

 

Home health care

– Maine has 137.4 personal care and home health aides per 1000 adults aged 75 or older.

– Rank  9

 

Hospice care

– 47.2 percent of decedents aged 65 and older enrolled in hospice during the last six months of their life after a diagnosis of a condition with a high probability of death.

– Rank 33

 

Hospital deaths

– 23 percent of decedents aged 65 and older die in a hospital.

– Rank 29

 

ICU usage

– 5.5 percent of decedents aged 65 and older spend seven or more days in the ICU/CCU during the last six months of life.

– Rank 3

 

Low-care nursing home residents

– 1.08 percent of nursing home residents are considered low care.

– Rank 1

 

Nursing home quality

– 55.2 percent of certified nursing home beds are rated 4 or 5 stars.

– Rank 3

 

Poverty

– 8.5 percent of adults aged 65 and older live in households at or below 100 percent of the poverty threshold.

– Rank 25

 

Prescription drug coverage

– 84.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older have a creditable prescription drug plan.

– Rank 42

 

Recommended hospital care

– 98.4 percent of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older receive the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical procedures.

– Rank 1

 

Smoking

– 6.8 percent of adults aged 65 and older regularly smoke (at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke daily or some days).

– Rank 5

 

Teeth extractions

– 22.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older have had a full-mouth tooth extraction.

– Rank 42

 

Volunteerism

– 27.9 percent of adults aged 65 and older report volunteering in the past 12 months.

– Rank 18

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