CO bests NE, KS, TX and OK in overall senior health

Jun 13, 2013

Credit America's Health Rankings

Colorado ranks 8th, Nebraska 14th, Kansas 18th, Texas 39th and Oklahoma 49th in overall senior health according to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report.  

The rankings are based on 34 measures of two types — determinants and outcomes. Determinants represent those actions that can affect the future health of the population, whereas outcomes represent what has already occurred either through death or disease.  For a state to improve the health of its older adult population, efforts must focus on changing the determinants of health.

Here’s a look four of these measures for the states in our region.

Senior obesity

  • Colorado 4th (20% obese)
  • Kansas 33rd (26%)
  • Texas 33rd (26%)
  • Oklahoma 33rd (26%)
  • Nebraska 40th (27%)

Percentage of population age 65 and older estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.

Senior smoking

  • Nebraska 14th (9% smoking)
  • Colorado 17th (9%)
  • Texas 17th (9%)
  • Kansas 29th (10%)
  • Oklahoma 46th (12%)

Percentage of population age 65 and older that smokes on a regular basis (smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke every day or some days).

Senior diabetes

  • Texas 21st (81% receiving appropriate treatment)
  • Kansas 37th (76%)
  • Nebraska 42nd (75%)
  • Colorado 43rd (75%)
  • Oklahoma 46th (73%)

Percentage of Medicare enrollees receiving appropriate diabetes management.

Physical inactivity

  • Colorado 1st (21% physically inactive)
  • Texas 24th (31%)
  • Nebraska 32nd (33%)
  • Kansas 30th (33%)
  • Oklahoma 44th (37%)

Percentage of population age 65 and older who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days.

The complete report can be downloaded here.  One sheet summaries of the all 34 measures by state can be found here: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas.