WisBusiness: Health of Wisconsin seniors ranked 10th in the nation

WisBusiness: Health of Wisconsin seniors ranked 10th in the nation

Wisconsin has risen one spot in the latest state-by-state senior health care rankings from the United Health Foundation, which highlights issues like increased hospice care and higher rates of depression.

The state was ranked 10th in this year’s report, up one spot from last year. The health of Wisconsin seniors has been ranked near the top 10 for five years straight, after being ranked around 20th in 2013.

The improved rank reflects a number of Wisconsin’s strengths, including a low percentage of hospital deaths, a high percentage of able-bodied seniors, and lower levels of obesity.

Still, the report highlights significant concerns, including rising levels of excessive drinking, hospice use, depression and poverty.

For adults aged 65 or older, excessive drinking increased from 10.4 percent to 12 percent in the past two years. In the past six years, hospice care use increased from 34.5 percent to 57.9 percent of Medicare recipients who have since died.

Read the full WisBusiness article here.