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Almost four-fifths of America’s seniors have at least one chronic health condition, the fine folks at the United Health Foundation are saying. In its annual report on senior health, the foundation is saying that one-fifth of older Americans have diabetes, about one-quarter of them are obese, nearly three-fifths have arthritis, and more than 70 percent have heart disease.
The foundation says this ought to ring alarm bells. People are living longer, but they’re also living longer with diseases, which the foundation says might overwhelm our health care system.
The five healthiest states for seniors are Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Iowa. The five unhealthiest states for seniors are Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi, the foundation says.
In other news, researchers in Ontario, Canada, are taking a victory lap for a new style of treating strokes; this nice man is climbing a mountain to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease; and New England providers are phasing out bed alarms.