Posts Tagged ‘Seniors’

Oh Where, Oh Where Should I Retire?!

June 18, 2017

According to the 2016 United Movers Study (unitedvanlines.com/movers-study/move-for-retirement), the most tax-friendly states are as follows:

  1. Delaware (no tax on social security benefit)
  2. Florida (no tax on retirement income)
  3. Nevada (no inheritance or estate tax)
  4. South Carolina (no tax on social security benefit)
  5. Arizona (property tax break for seniors)
  6. New Mexico (tax rebates for those 65+)
  7. Idaho (no tax on social security benefit)
  8. Montana (No state sales tax)
  9. Maine (no tax on social security benefit)
  10. New Hampshire (no income tax)

Source: AARP Bulletin, June 2017

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Let’s Not Be Idle!

May 22, 2017

Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of reasons . . .

  • Control Your Weight.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers.
  • Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles.
  • Improve Your Mental Health and Mood.

So, how active are you?  Here are the best and the worst states by the percentage of people who are over 50 years of age who engage in NO physical activity whatsoever . . .

States with the lowest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Colorado (18%)
2. Oregon (20%)
2. Washington (20%)
4. Idaho (21%)
5. Vermont (22%)

States with the highest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Arkansas (39%)
2. Mississippi (36%)
3. Oklahoma (35%)
3. Kentucky (35%)
4. Louisiana (34%)
4. West Virginia (34%)

Source: May 2017 AARP Bulletin; 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; numbers are rounded; respondents reported activity level over the previous month.

Fatal Falls!

April 10, 2017

I’m sure you’ve heard the quip “have a nice trip, I’ll see you next fall” in reference to someone who trips or stumbles.  Unfortunately, for people who are 65 years old (or older) falls can have fatal consequences.  Here are the statistics on the number of fatal falls per 100,000 persons by state for 2015 (top ten states, most and least).  Oklahoma finished just outside the top-ten (#11) with 93.

Most Fatal Falls
1.  Wisconsin (135)
2.  Minnesota (126)
3.  Vermont (122)
4.  South Dakota (116)
5.  New Mexico (105)
6.  Colorado (103)
7.  Oregon (98)
7.  Iowa (98)
7.  Rhode Island (98)
10.  New Hampshire (96)

Least Fatal Falls
1.   Alabama (26)
2.  New Jersey (30)
3.  Delaware (36)
4.  California (39)
5.  Louisiana (40)
5.  Indiana (40)
7.  New York (42)
8.  Kentucky (43)
9.  South Carolina (45)
9.  Georgia (45)

Source: AARP Bulletin, April 2017, p. 44; 24/7 Wall Street (numbers are rounded).

“Party On, Wayne . . . !”

December 31, 2016

On this, the eve of the new year, what better quotation to reference than the title of this post from the epic comedy “Wayne’s World” (1992).  Let this also serve as a reminder though that as you find yourself partying this evening . . . exercise common sense and moderation, and if you do overdo it on the consumption of alcohol, don’t even think about driving.

Allow me to also share with you the list of the states with the most and the least number (percentage) of senior adults (age 65+) who report either binge drinking or chronic drinking.  But before we get to the list, how about definitions of “binge” and “chronic” drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as five (5) or more drinks on one occasion within the last month (for men) or four (4) or more drinks (for women).

Chronic drinking is defined as more than two drinks per day (for men) or one drink per day (for women).

Highest percentage
1. Wisconsin (11.1%)
2. District of Columbia (9/8%)
3. Nevada (9.2%)
4. Hawaii (9.1%)
5. Oregon (9.0%)
6. Florida (8.9%)
6. Alaska (8.9%)
8. Washington (8.6%)
9. Vermont (8.5%)
9. California (8.5%)

Lowest percentage
1. Tennessee (2.9%)
2. Mississippi (3.2%)
3. West Virginia (3.3%)
4. Oklahoma (3.4%)
4. Utah (3.4%)
6. Kentucky (4.0%)
7. Alabama (4.3%)
8. Missouri (4.7%)
9. Kansas (4.9%)
9. Georgia (4.9%)
9. North Carolina (4.9%)
9. Indiana (4.9%)

Source: AARP Bulletin (December 2016) and the 2016 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.”

Where’s the Health Care?

October 19, 2016

Have you ever wondered which states offer the best “home health care?”  Well, wonder no more.  In the October 2016 issue of the AARP Bulletin they provide a state by state comparison of the number of personal and home health aides per 1,000 adults 75 years of age or older.

Highest number:
1. Washington, DC (302)
2. Hawaii (279)
3. Minnesota (268)
4. New York (242)
5.  New Mexico (211)

Lowest  number:
1. Florida (29)
2. South Dakota (49)
3. Mississippi (53)
4. Alabama (54)
5. Kentucky (57)

Source: 2016 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, United Health Foundation (rounded to the closest number).

Keep on Working!

February 5, 2016

There has been a trend in recent years for people to keep working well past what was considered the normal age for retirement (thank the economy, inflation, lack of sufficient savings, etc.).  Here is a breakdown of the states with the most and least Americans who are over 55 years of age and still in the workforce.

Highest percentage
1.  North Dakota (49.7%)
2. Vermont (48.3%)
3. Alaska (46.3%)
3. Nebraska (46.3%)
5. Kansas (45.9%)
6. South Dakota (45.6%)
7. New Hampshire (45.2%)
8. Iowa (44.9%)
9. Wyoming (43.5%)
10. Maryland (43.0%)

Lowest percentage
1. Arkansas (30.1%)
2. Mississippi (30.3%)
3. Alabama (30.9%)
4. West Virginia (31.4%)
5. South Carolina (31.8%)
6. Arizona (33.5%)
7. Kentucky (33.6%)
8. Michigan (33.9%)
9. Tennessee (34.0%)
10. Nevada (34.8%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Jan/Feb issue, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Most Livable Neighborhoods!

June 14, 2015

The results are in . . . the AARP Bulletin published this list in their May issue: the most livable neighborhoods at 50+: the top cities and towns to stay healthy, get around and enjoy life.  They extended their reach beyond their research to survey more than 4,500 Americans 50 and older to find out what aspects of a community are most important to them.  The seven categories include: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity.  And what did they find? A few things were more important than others . . . such as:

  • Proximity to jobs
  • Plenty of housing options (including apartments and condos)
  • Availability of numerous amenities
  • Healthy lifestyles

Here are the top ten (I visited #9 in May and I will be visiting the city containing #3 this month . . . hmm, I may have to check it out).  Two of the top ten are in Wisconsin!

1.  Mifflin West (Madison, WI)
2.  Upper West Side, Manhattan (New York, NY)
3.  Downtown Crossing (Boston, MA)
4.  South of Market (San Francisco, CA)
5.  Washburn (LaCrosse, WI)
6.  Downtown (Sioux Falls, SD)
7.  Southside (Virginia, MN)
8.  Downtown (Bismark, ND)
9.  Downtown (Seattle, WA)
10.  Downtown (Los Alamos, NM)

Remember This!

October 14, 2014

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the outlook for the change in the percentage of Americans 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease from 2014 through 2025 varies greatly from state to state.  While eleven states exceed the 50% mark, only six states are below the 20% mark.  Considering the remaining 2/3 of the states, Oklahoma doesn’t look too bad at only 27%.

Highest percentage of projected change:
1. Alaska (80%)
2. Nevada (73%)
3. Arizona (67%)
4. New Mexico (56%)
5. Vermont (55%)
6. Wyoming (53%)
7. South Carolina (52%)
8. Montana (50%)
8. Idaho (50%)
8. Utah (50%)

Lowest percentage of projected change:
1.  Washington, DC (-2%)
2. North Dakota (14%)
3. Iowa (18%)
3. Missouri (18%)
5. Ohio (19%)
5. Pennsylvania (19%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, October 2014.

Here’s to Your Health!

July 10, 2014

So, where does your state rank when it comes to the health of its residents aged 65 and older?  Here are the rankings from 1 (most healthy) to 50 courtesy of the July-August 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin.  Hmm, Oklahoma was next to last!

1.  Minnesota
2.  Vermont
3.  New Hampshire
4.  Massachusetts
5.  Iowa
6.  Hawaii
7.  Connecticut
8.  Colorado
9.  Utah
10. Maryland
11. North Dakota
12. Delaware
13. Maine
14. Nebraska
15. Oregon
16. Washington
17. Pennsylvania
18. Kansas
19. South Dakota
20. Wisconsin
21. Virginia
22. Arizona
23. New York
24. Idaho
25. California
26. Michigan
27. New Jersey
28. Ohio
29. North Carolina
30. Florida
31. Rhode Island
32. Indiana
33. Missouri
34. Wyoming
35.  Montana
36. South Carolina
37. Illinois
38. New Mexico
39. Texas
40. Alaska
41. Tennessee
42. Nevada
43. Georgia
44. Mississippi
45. Kentucky
46. Arkansas
47. West Virginia
48. Louisiana
49. Oklahoma
50. Alabama

Source: United Health Foundation, “America’s Health Rankings, Senior Report, 2013”