Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Who Volunteers?!

May 13, 2019

And where does your state rank?  Here are the states with the highest and lowest percentages of seniors (age 65+) who reported having volunteered over the course of the past year.

Highest percentage
1. Utah (45.0%)
2. Minnesota (36.6%)
3. South Dakota (36.3%)
4. North Dakota (36.1%)
5. Nebraska (35.4%)
6. Kansas (34.6%)
7. Wisconsin (34.5%)
8. Vermont (34.2%)
9. Iowa (33.4%)
10. Maine (29.9%)
10. Delaware (29.9%)
10. Washongton (29.9%)

Lowest pecentage
1. Nevada (16.8%)
2. Louisiana (17.4%)
3. New York (17.6%)
4. Florida (18.7%)
5. Kentucky (18.9%)
6. Hawaii (19.2%)
7. Arkansas (19.6%)
8. Rhode Island (20.1%)
9. Georgia (20.3%)
9. Mississippi (20.3%)
10. West Virginia (21.0%)
10. New Mexico (21.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, April 2019, and 2018 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report,” and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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.

It’s Heart Health Month!

February 17, 2019

Happy February!  February is “American Heart Month.”  Here is an infographic (courtesy of the American Heart Association) with some facts about heart disease.

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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.

It’s Winter!

January 17, 2019

And now that winter has arrived, here is an informative infographic (courtesy of Eastern Mountain Sports School) that outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly of this season we call winter.  Enjoy!

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Time to Unplug?!

November 17, 2018

How attached are you to your phone or other portable devices (or your computer)?  Are  you on or using your technology all day?  Could it be time for you to unplug a bit?  Here is a great infographic (courtesy of Injinji) that might be just the push you need.

Injinji_Outdoor-Detox

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.

Time for a Massage!

July 16, 2018

Happy Monday!  Yesterday marked the start of “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week.”  So I say it is time to fit one into your schedule.  The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) sponsor this annual event (which began in 1995) as a way to promote the benefits of massage.  Check your local area for spas/massage therapists who may be providing discounted offerings this week.  Here is a list of some providers in the Tulsa area.

Post-Travel!

June 18, 2018

Happy Monday!  And, for me, Happy “First-Day-Back-To-Work-After-a-Weeklong-Absence!”  And, while I was away on business attending a conference, rather than away for pleasure, I’m experiencing what is commonly called the vacation blues (or the holiday blues in some countries), or sometimes even referred to as post-travel depression [PTD], a much less common phrase, but actually a more accurate description of my current return.

Following a quick search of the internet, I have come to find out that this is a commonly written about phenomenon.  Who knew?  Here are some recent articles to get you started (and there are many, many more).

The good news for me, there are a few of the common suggestions that I already incorporate into my routine: start planning the next vacation, return a couple of days prior to having to return to work (and continue relaxing, but in familiar surroundings), and exercising while away