Archive for the ‘AARP Bulletin’ Category

Are You a Couch Potato?!

April 6, 2019

Most of us probably do not get enough “physical activity” in any given day, but how does your state rank when it comes to the activity levels of its seniors?   The December issue of the AARP Bulletin reported on the percentage of senior adults (self-reportedly in fair health or better) who reported having been physically inactive over the last 30 days.  Oklahoma took the prize!

Highest percentage:
1. Oklahoma (38.1%)
2. Georgia (37.2%)
3. Arkansas (36.0%)
3. Kentucky (36.0%)
5. New Jersey (35.8%)
6. Tennessee (35.3%)
7. Louisiana (35.2%)
8. Ohio (34.8%)
9. Mississippi (34.4%)
10. Indiana (33.9%)

Lowest percentage:
1. Oregon (19.1%)
2. Colorado (19.5%)
3. Washington (20.7)
4. Alaska (21.8%)
5. Washington DC (22.0%)
6. Utah (22.7%)
7. California (23.0%)
8. Hawaii (23.6%)
9. Montana (23.9%)
10. South Dakota (24.6%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Deember 2018, p. 36; and 2018 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.”

Readmittance?!

March 7, 2019

One would expect that once you are admitted into a hospital, you remain there until the problem has been fixed, right?  Well, not always.  There will always be a percentage of folks that will have to be readmitted for whatever reason . . . and while these numbers are relatively low, anytime you have to be readmitted, it is probably not going to be enjoyable even when you are young and in the prime of your life.  Then when you factor in those of an advanced age . . . even less enjoyable (and possibly more life threatening).  Here are the numbers of the best states and worse states when it comes to the percentage of medicare patients ages 65+ who were readmitted to the hospital within 30- days of their discharge.

Lowest percentage
1. Hawaii (12.2.%)
2. Utah (12.3%)
3. Idaho (12.5%)
4. Alaska (12.8%)
4. Montana (12.8%)
6. Colorado (12.9%)
7. South Dakota (13.2%)
8. New Mexico (13.7%)
8. Oregon (13.7%)
10. Washington (13.8%)
10. Vermont (13.8%)

Highest percentage
1. West Virginia (15.7%)
2. Mississippi (15.6%)
2. Nevada (15.6%)
4. Florida (15.5.%)
4. New York (15.5.%)
4. Missouri (15.5%)
7. Kentucky (15.4%)
7. Michigan (15.4%)
9. Louisiana (15.3%)
9. Arkansas (15.3%)
9. Tennessee (15.3%)
9. Massachusetts (15.3%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, November 2018, p. 44; 2018 America’s Health Ranking Senior Report.

Where Are the Home Care Workers?!

February 3, 2019

How does your state rank in the ratio of health care workers to adults age 75 or more?  Here are the states with the highest ratios as well as the states with the lowest ratios (courtesy of aarp.org; rates represent the number of health care aides per 1,000 adults age 75+).

Highest ratio
1. Washington DC (302.0)
2. Alaska (264.2)
3. Minnesota (257.9)
4. New York (251.3)
5. New Mexico (29.7)
6. Texas (190.9)
7. Wisconsin (162.4)
8. Vermont (161.8)
9. Maine (154.8)
10 Louisiana (154.3)

Lowest ratio
1. Florida (27.9)
2. South Dakota (54.5)
3. Tennessee (55.4)
4. Mississippi (57.5)
5. Georgia (60.1)
6. Kentucky (62.6)
7. Nebraska (68.5)
8. Maryland (72.8)
9. Nevada (75.1)
10. California (75.4)

Source: AARP Bulletin, September 2018, p. 44.

Ya Makin’ Me Laugh!

January 19, 2019

Here is a new round of humor (courtesy the AARP Bulletin).  Enjoy!

John: “My wife thinks I’m too nosy.”
Ron: “How do you know?”
John: “She wrote it in her diary.”

Patient: “I keep having a dream that I’m a tailpipe.  What does it mean?”
Doctor: “It means you’re exhausted.”

Ben: “How does your dad like his new stair lift?”
Jen: “He says it drives him up the wall.”

Source: AARP Bulletin, September 2018, p. 50.

It’s Flu Season . . . Have You Gotten Your Shot?!

October 11, 2018

How does your state rank when it comes to flu vaccination for senior adults?  Here are the states with the highest (as well as the lowest) percentage of seniors (age 65+) who have reported getting a flu vaccine in the past year.

Highest percentage
1. West Virginia (67.5%)
2. Iowa (67.0%)
3.  Pennsylvania (65.5%)
4.  Missouri (64.9%)
5. Colorado (64.7%)
5. North Carolina (64.7%)
7. Oklahoma (64.3%)
8. South Dakota (63.4%)
9.  Virginia (63.0%)
10. Minnesota (62.9%)

Lowest percentage
1. Wisconsin (49.5%)
2. Oregon (51.5%)
3. Louisiana (51.6%)
4. Washington, DC (51.7%)
5.  Arizona (53.4%)
6. Idaho (53.6%)
7.  Arkansas (53.9%)
7.  Alaska (53.9%)
9. Nevada (54.1%)
10. Nebraska (54.8%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, October 2018 issue, p. 48; America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018.

AARP’s Livability Index!

September 22, 2018

AARP rates every U.S. city, town, and neighborhood on seven categories (from more than 50 unique data sources) to come up with their livability index.  The categories include:

  • Health (prevention, access, and quality)
    • The best cities. . . East Palo Alto, Calif., and Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Housing (affordability and access)
    • The best city. . . Sun City, Ariz.
  • Engagement (civic and social involvement)
    • The best city . . . Fruit Cove, Fla.
  • Opportunity (inclusion and possibilities)
    • The best city . . . Tooele, Utah
  • Environment (clean air and water)
    • The best cities . . . Quincy, Ill., Anderson, S.C., Bloomington, Ind.*, Kent, Ohio*
  • Neighborhoods (access to life, work, and play)
    • The best cities . . . West New York, N.J., and Hoboken, N.J.*
  • Transportation (safe and convenient options)
    • The best city . . . Union City, N.J.

The most livable BIG cities (population of at least 500,000)
1. San Francisco, Calif.*
2. Boston, Mass.*
3. Seattle, Wash.*
4. Denver, Colo.*
5. Milwaukee, Wisc.*
6. New York, N.Y.*
7. Portland, Ore.*
8. Austin, Texas*
9. Philadelphia, Pa.*
10. Washington, D.C.*

The most livable small cities (population 100,000 to 499,999)
1. Madison, Wis.*
2. Arlington, Va.
3. St. Paul, Minn.
4. Boulder, Colo.*
5. Minneapolis, Minn.*
6. Rochester, Minn.*
7. Cambridge, Mass.*
8. Columbia, Md.
9. Alexandria, Va.
10. Berkeley, Calif.*

The most livable towns (population 25,000 to 99,999)
1. Fitchburg, Wis.
2. Sheboygan, Wis.
3. LaCross, Wis.*
4. Lafayette, Colo.
5. Silver Spring, Md.
6. Sun Prairie, Wis.
7. Bismark, N.D.
8. Brookline, Mass.
9. Harrisburg, Pa.
10. Portland, Maine*

*includes a major four-year university

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, pp. 34-35.

 

Some Early Week Humor!

September 18, 2018

Okay, so the week is just getting started, but I have always been of the opinion that humor is good anytime.  So here are a few gems to get your week rolling!

Tom: “I’ve been dating a girl who carries a Taser everywhere she goes.”
George: “What is she like?”
Tom: “Stunning.”

Fred: “I hate blood tests.”
Tom: “Me, too.  My blood is under enough pressure as it is.”

M: “I have your next assignment 007.  I am sending you to a party.”
007: “What are my orders?”
M: “Mingle.  Meet people.  Make friends . . . Bond, James.  Bond.”

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, p. 46.

Where Are The Voters?!

August 28, 2018

How well does your state turn out for elections?  The United States Election Project looked at the data (state by state) to see the percentage of the eligible population that voted in the 2014 midterm election.  Below are the states that had the highest as well as the lowest percentage turnouts.

Highest percentage
1. Maine (58.1%)
2. Wisconsin (56.6%)
3. Alaska (54.2%)
4. Colorado (53.7%)
5. Minnesota (50.4%)
6. Oregon (50.9%)
7. Iowa (49.8%)
8. New Hampshire (47.6%)
9. Montana (46.9%)
10. South Dakota (44.3%)

Lowest percentage
1. Indiana (27.8%)
2. New York (28.2%)
3. Texas (28.3%)
4. Tennessee (28.6%)
5. Mississippi (29.0%)
6. Nevada (29.3%)
7. Oklahoma (29.9%)
7. California (29.9%)
9. New Jersey (31.1%)
10. West Virginia (31.2%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, p. 42, and the United States Elections Project.

What Are The Odds?!

August 25, 2018

What are the odds that something “bad” will happen to you when enjoying the great outdoors?  The odds can vary greatly depending upon where you live (and/or where you visit), but let’s look at some random occurrences: snake bites, bear bites, and shark bites.

Re: snake bites, “fewer than one in 37,500 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year (7-8,000 bites per year), and only one in 50 million people will die from snakebite.” (Source: University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Re: bear attacks, “the chances of being injured by a bear are approximately one in 2.1 million.”  (Source: U.S. Park Service)

Re: shark attacks, the chances of being killed from a shark attack is one in 3.7 million. (Source: National Geographic)

The odds of more than one of these happening to the same person then become astronomical (I would guess) . . . and happen they did!  Dylan McWilliams of Grand Junction, Colorado, has survived all three of these attacks!  The odds: one in 893 quadrillion!  (Source: National Geographic)

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, p. 4.

 

Your Sales Tax is How High?!

May 29, 2018

Sales taxes (combined state and local sales tax rates) vary widely from state to state.  Do you know how your state fares?  Here are the most-taxed states as well as the least-taxed states courtesy of the May 2018 AARP Bulletin (sales tax rates as of January 1, 2018).

Highest Taxes
1. Louisiana (10.0%)
2. Tennessee (9.5%)
3. Arkansas (9.4%)
4. Washington (9.2%)
5. Alabama (9.1%)
6. Oklahoma (8.9%)
7. Kansas (8.7%)
7. Illinois (8.7%)
9.  New York (8.5%)
9. California (8.5%)
10. Arizona (8.3%)

Lowest Taxes
1. Montana (0.0%)
1. Oregon (0.0%)
1. (Delaware (0.0%)
1. New Hampshire (0.0%)
5. Alaska (1.8%)
6. Hawaii (4.4%)
7. Wisconsin (5.4%)
8. Wyoming (5.5%)
9. Virginia (5.6%)
10. Maryland (6.0%)
10. Kentucky (6.0%)
10. Idaho (6.0%)
10. Michigan (6.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2018, p. 36; The Tax Foundation.  Note: the local sales tax was computed by averaging across the entire state.