The high and low points of seniors’ health in Arizona

Jean Payne, 92 years old, holds the hand of team assistant Ardda Hersh as the two talk at Casa de la Luz Hospice at The Fountains near Northwest Medical Center north of Tucson on May 26, 2018. /Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

State ranks 10th in nursing home quality

By Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

Arizona ranked 31st out of 50 states in the health and well-being of seniors in a newly released report by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

The state dropped eight spots from last year, when it was ranked 23rd in America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. This year’s report is based on the latest data from 2014 to 2017 that is compiled by state, federal and health agencies, along with national studies and surveys, said Dr. Rhonda Randall, senior adviser to the foundation.

“It is our goal with this report to help seniors, family caregivers and advocates better understand the specific health concerns in their own communities so we can all work together to address them,” Randall said.

The rankings are based on how each state compares to national averages in 34 measurements of senior health.

Among Arizona’s high marks in the national report were:

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“This report should be a wake-up call for all Arizona seniors. Falling eight points since the last survey is disappointing, but it gives us lots of opportunities to improve. End-of-life decisions can be challenging for anyone, but seniors who depend on government programs are especially vulnerable.”

~ Mary Hamway | Director of Eldercare Concierge

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