skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, July 22, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Kamala Harris rapidly picks up Democratic support - including vast majority of state party leaders; National rent-cap proposal could benefit NY renters; Carter's adoption support: Empowering families, strengthening workplaces.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Kamala Harris rapidly picks up Democratic Support - including vast majority of state party leaders; National rent-cap proposal could benefit NY renters; Carter's adoption support: Empowering families, strengthening workplaces.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Report: AZ Ranks 30th for Health Status of Older Adults

play audio
Play

Tuesday, May 30, 2023   

Arizona has received an overall rank of 30th in the nation for the health and well-being of older adults in the state.

According to the United Health Foundation's 2023 Senior Report, the Grand Canyon state does well when it comes to low risk of social isolation and there being a high level of hospice care use for Arizona seniors.

The state is facing challenges relating to having a low percentage of older adults with a dedicated health care provider and high suicide rates.

Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of Employer and Individual for United Healthcare, said she is concerned about not only steady suicide rates being seen in Arizona and across the country, but also the spike in drug deaths among seniors.

"That dramatic increase in drug deaths concerns me, and also the suicide rate among seniors," Randall noted. "It's been stubbornly high now for the past several years. Although it didn't increase significantly from last year to this year, it concerns me that it's not going down."

Randall added the report consists of 52 different measures of senior health across five different categories, including socioeconomic factors, the physical environment where seniors live, the clinical care they receive, behaviors and health outcomes.

Arizona saw a 13% increase in early deaths from 2020 to 2021. Randall emphasized she is worried about how for the first time, her group is seeing gains related to longevity and an increase in life expectancy "start to reverse." Randall reported the early death rate among adults ages 65 to 74 increased 4% between 2020 and 2021, and 22% since 2019. Premature death among white seniors increased 6%, and despite the jump, the early death rate still remains the highest among Black older adults.

"We still have more people turning 65 and having that birthday and aging into their Medicare years," Randall acknowledged. "But it is concerning that we are losing such a significant amount of our nation's greatest treasure, our seniors."

Randall added the report stressed the need to foster greater connectivity and community engagement among seniors in Arizona and across the country, especially given the lingering impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disclosure: United Healthcare contributes to our fund for reporting on Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Democrats have a chance for a reset at their August convention, but an SMU political science professor says the party must proceed carefully to pick its new presidential nominee in a smooth and graceful manner. (Fox_Dsign/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

With fewer than four months before the November general election, Democrats are planning their next move following President Joe Biden's decision to …


Social Issues

play sound

California political analysts predict the race for president will tighten since President Joe Biden has dropped out and endorsed Vice President Kamala…

Social Issues

play sound

Over the weekend, while self-isolating and recovering from COVID, President Joe Biden announced he is stepping down as the Democratic candidate in …


In Vermont, Maine and the District of Columbia, people with felony convictions do not lose their right to vote. (Studio Romantic/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

About 7,000 Nebraskans with felony convictions who thought they'd be able to register to vote, now face uncertainty. In question is the …

play sound

More Americans are learning about the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation this election season, but its influence has been decades in the …

U.S. per capita consumption of fish and shellfish rose from nearly 16 lbs. in 2002 to more than 20 lbs. in 2021, a 31% increase according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

New global guidelines for aquaculture aim to address growing concerns about the industry's impact on the oceans. Scientists have suggested ways to …

Social Issues

play sound

Backers of President Joe Biden's rent cap proposal said it could benefit many New Yorkers. The plan calls for capping rent increases at 5% in …

Social Issues

play sound

Virginia is making a financial investment to help tackle the state's childcare shortage. This year's budget allocates more than $1 billion to …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021