Report: R.I. ranks No. 7 in U.S.
for senior health

RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 7 in the nation for senior health in the 2019 America's Health Rankings. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 7 in the nation for senior health in the 2019 America's Health Rankings. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 7 in the nation for senior health in the 2019 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report released Wednesday.

Rhode Island improved by one ranking from its 2018 results.

The report, conducted by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, was based on 34 metrics related to behaviors, community and environment, policies, clinical care and outcome. The metrics were further categorized as determinants and outcomes. The Ocean State ranked No. 10 for determinants and No. 9 for outcomes.

The report said Rhode Island’s strengths for senior health were a high prevalence of seniors with a dedicated provider, a high percentage of four- and five-star nursing home beds, and a high Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program enrollment. The state’s senior health challenges identified included a high prevalence of seniors that excessively drink alcohol, a low percentage of home-delivered meals and low community-support expenditures.

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The report noted that excessive drinking in seniors increased to 7.9% of all seniors in the state from 6.4% in two years. It also noted the level of poverty in the state’s seniors declined to 9% of the population from 10.3%.

Rhode Island’s metric category rankings for senior health:

  • Behaviors: No. 8
  • Community and environment: No. 25
  • Policy: No. 10
  • Clinical Care: No. 2
  • Outcomes: No. 9

Hawaii ranked No. 1 overall in 2019. Connecticut ranked highest in New England at No. 3 overall.

New England rankings in the report:

  • Connecticut: No. 3
  • New Hampshire: No. 6
  • Rhode Island: No. 7
  • Vermont: No. 8
  • Maine: No. 8
  • Massachusetts: No. 11