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:
– 63.9 percent of adults age 65 and older have no disability.
– Rank 27
– 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
– Maine ranks No. 1 for its treatment and management of seniors’ existing conditions and prevention of others.
– 60.9 percent of adults aged 65 and older reported having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months.
– Rank 41
– 82.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes have received a blood lipids test.
– Rank 11
– 29.7 percent of adults age 65 and older reported having had a fall within the last 12 months.
– Rank 31
– 63.4 percent of adults aged 65 and older received the flu vaccine in the last year.
– Rank 22
– 6.1 percent of adults aged 60 and older are marginally food insecure.
– Rank 35
– 48.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older report their health is very good or excellent.
– Rank 4
– 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
– 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
– 23 percent of decedents aged 65 and older die in a hospital.
– Rank 29
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 22.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older have had a full-mouth tooth extraction.
– Rank 42
– 27.9 percent of adults aged 65 and older report volunteering in the past 12 months.
– Rank 18