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Georgia Ranks Near Bottom for Senior Health


Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says.
The fifth annual America's Health Rankings Senior Report shows the state improved on several measures despite the lower ranking.
Georgia had a 12 percent decrease in senior poverty in the past two years, a 16 percent increase in health screenings over that time, and a similar rise in seniors with "high health status."

The state also has a low rate of excessive drinking, and a high percentage of hospice use.
But as Georgia Health News reports,
the state also has a high hip fracture hospital rate, low percentage of quality nursing home beds, and a high smoking rate.
As in other health rankings, Southern states were grouped at the bottom of the list. with Mississippi at the bottom. Minnesota was ranked first. Georgia has more than 1 million people 65 and older — a number that is expected to increase over the next two decades, like senior populations in other states.

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