Hawaiʻi Health Data Warehouse

America’s Health Rankings 2023 Senior Report

America’s Health Rankings 2023 Senior Report by the United Health Foundation summarizes the strengths and challenges in the health of older adults (aged 65+) in the United States. This report encompasses 11 years of health data and highlights trends at national and state levels. A significant finding showed that despite years of improvement in the early death rate among adults aged 65-74 (a 4% decrease between 2011 and 2019), the early death rate increased for a second year, from 2,072 to 2,151 deaths per 100,000 between 2020 and 2021.

National highlights:

  • The drug death rate among older adults increased significantly by 43% between 2016-2018 and 2019-2021, and 136% since 2008-2010 (pg. 9).
  • Older adults with a household income less than $25,000 were 3 times more likely to experience frequent physical distress compared to those with an income of $75,000 or more (27.2% vs 9.0%) (pg.12)
  • Older adults with less than a high school education were 2.7 times more likely to be physically inactive compared to college graduates (47.8% vs 17.7%) (pg. 22)

Hawaiʻi highlights (pg. 2):

  • Hawaiʻi ranks number 7 out of all states.
  • Strengths include a low early death rate (1,552/100,000), a low prevalence of obesity (16.5%), and a low prevalence of physical inactivity (25.4%).
  • Challenges include a low volunteerism rate (18.4%), a low home healthcare worker rate (23.4%), and a high prevalence of severe housing problems (37.0%).

View the 2023 Senior Report and the 2023 Senior Report: State Summaries.

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