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Key Measures of Seniors Health Improve, But Inactivity a Rising Problem

When the United Health Foundation (UHF) came out with its latest rankings of America’s healthiest states for seniors, Florida fell squarely in the middle of the pack, at No. 27 – a bit surprising, given our state’s many advantages in terms of climate, air quality and retiree health care services. The good news was that, for the country as a whole, seniors’ health prospects have improved, with fewer preventable hospitalizations, more people receiving seasonal flu vaccinations and a general increase in overall “wellness.” The bad news is that the latest data shows a considerable drop in the number of people who are keeping active in their golden years, a key factor for avoiding preventable illness. Details and links to more information are in UHF’s press release, here.

Seniors Susceptible to Speech, Hearing, Language and Swallowing Disorders

Metabolic syndrome is the name of a dangerous disorder in which the patient has a variety of concerning health conditions including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or other interrelated challenges.  A concerning new study now reveals that nearly half of all Americans aged 60 or older have this syndrome, and that those of Hispanic descent have a particularly elevated risk. Read about it in NYC Today.