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Report: Nevada Ranks Low for Overall Senior Health

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023   

Nevada has received an overall score of 43 in the nation for the health and well-being of its seniors in the state. According to the United Health Foundation's 2023 Senior Report, the Silver State's older adults fare well when it comes to lower rates of obesity, drinking and inactivity. The state is facing challenges related to high suicide and high poverty rates, as well as low flu vaccination rates among older Nevadans.

Dr. Rhonda Randall, Chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare, said when it comes to suicide, they are noticing more prevalence in some groups over others.

"We see that it disproportionately affects white men, and older white men because they have a tendency to choose more lethal means with suicide attempts," she explained. "They're more successful, and that's what we see in the trend here. It has been persistent for quite some time."

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 other health outcomes.

Nevada saw a 15% drop from just over 30 aides per 1,000 adults ages 65 and above in 2018 to 26 per 1,000 adults in 2021. The state also saw an 8% increase in early deaths among older adults. Randall said opioid overdoses led to an increase in premature deaths, and added that reflects "the same troubling trend" prevalent in other populations in the United States; seniors are not untouched.

"Why I highlight that as a geriatrician is, I think, a lot of people don't think that seniors are as affected by substance-use disorders and opioid-use disorder - but they are," she said.

Randall added it is concerning that as a country, many of the gains made in recent years related to longevity and an increase in life expectancy have started to reverse. Her group is calling for greater connectivity and community engagement among seniors in Nevada and across the country.

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