Vermont ranks 4th for senior health

first_imgVermont ranked 4th senior health this year, according to the second edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. Nationwide, seniors are showing encouraging gains in key health measures and taking more steps to improve their own health. Notable gains for senior health include declines in physical inactivity, improvements in quality of nursing home care, reductions in avoidable hospitalizations, and increased preparation for end-of-life care.“United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report is a valuable tool for measuring and understanding the key challenges and opportunities facing Vermont’s senior population,” said Donald Stangler, M.D., medical director, UnitedHealthcare of New England. “With the senior population expected to double in size in the next 25 years, it is important that we develop effective programs and solutions that address seniors’ health needs in Vermont and nationwide.”According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report·      Comprehensive analysis of senior health reveals strengths, challenges in Vermont and nationally·      Nationwide, seniors showed encouraging gains in key health measures·      Maintaining momentum on health improvement is key as senior population doubles in size in the next 25 yearsVermont’s Overall HealthThe America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds that Vermont has its share of strengths and challenges.The state ranked in the top five on community support (#5), being able-bodied (#2) and low ICU usage (#1). Others in the top 10 include food insecurity (#6), which decreased from 11.6 percent to 10.8 percent, and the geriatrician shortfall (#10), which decreased from 53.9 percent to 43.6 percent.In the past year, nursing home quality decreased from 54.4 percent to 43.6 percent, just missing the bottom 10 ranking at #39.While Vermont ranked in the top 10 on 19 measures, it ranked in the bottom 10 on seven measures. Chronic drinking (#43 at 5.0 percent), depression (#44 at 16.3 percent) and suicide #41 at 19.4 deaths per 100,000 adults) joined prevalence of falls (#43 at 32.0 percent) are among Vermont’s lowest rankings.Its lowest – at #49 – is hospice care. In the past year, use of hospice care did increase from 23.5 percent to 28.8 percent so the state has seen some improvement.50-State Snapshot: Minnesota the Healthiest State for SeniorsAccording to the report, Minnesota is the healthiest state for seniors for the second year in a row. Hawaii ranks second, followed by New Hampshire (3), Vermont (4) and Massachusetts (5). Mississippi is the least healthy state for seniors, followed by Louisiana (49), Kentucky (48), Oklahoma (47) and Arkansas (46).To see the Rankings in full, visit: is external)Nationwide: Seniors Progress in Key Health MeasuresThe report shows that seniors are more active compared to last year, with physical inactivity declining from 30.3 percent of the senior population to 28.7 percent. Other notable gains for senior health include a reduction in preventable hospitalizations, droppingfrom 66.6 discharges per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries to 64.9 discharges, and improvements in nursing home care, with quality nursing home beds rising from 42 percent of beds rated four or five stars to 46.8 percent. In addition, more seniors are planning for and using their preferred end-of-life care. The report shows utilization of hospice care increasing from 36.7 percent to 47.5 percent among seniors in need of late-stage care.Rapidly Expanding Senior Population Poses ChallengesWith the senior population poised to double in the next 25 years, states and local communities should continue to address unhealthy behaviors that threaten to compromise seniors’ health. More than 35 percent have four or more chronic conditions, while more than 25 percent of seniors are obese and 28 percent are physically inactive. Only about 60 percent of seniors received the flu vaccine in the last 12 months. Olderadults will account for roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, making these challenges urgent.“This year’s report shows important improvements,” said Rhonda Randall, D.O., senior adviser to United Health Foundation and chief medical officer and executive vice president, UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions. “Declines in physical inactivity are especially promising. We as a nation need to continue promoting healthy behaviors among seniors and work with states and communities to improve thehealth of this growing demographic.”UnitedHealthcare Programs Address Health Needs of Vermont’s Seniors  Through its portfolio of Medicare plans, UnitedHealthcare supports Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont with clinical solutions that can help address the health challenges underscored in the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report and may improve seniors’ overall health and wellbeing. These programs include: ·       Integrated disease management and care coordination programs, which provide select Medicare Advantage plan members with chronic health conditions – such as diabetes or certain types of heart disease – needed resources and support; ·       UnitedHealthcare’s HouseCalls program, offering qualified Medicare Advantage plan members an at-home visit with a health care practitioner to assess health needs and discuss personal health concerns; and·       UnitedHealthcare’s PharmAssist service, which provides select Medicare Advantage plan members with one-on-one counseling sessions with specialty-trained plan pharmacists to understand how to take their medications as prescribed.About America’s Health Rankings Senior ReportAmerica’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities offers a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. In commissioning the report, United Health Foundation seeks to promote discussion around the health of older Americans while driving communities, governments, stakeholders andindividuals to take action to help improve senior health.Researchers draw data from more than 12 government agencies and leading research organizations to create a focused, uniquely rich dataset for measuring senior health at the state level, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, The Dartmouth Atlas Project, theNational Foundation to End Senior Hunger and the Commonwealth Fund.United Health Foundation alsoproduces the annual America’s Health Rankings report. For 24 years, America’s Health Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings. The Rankings employs a unique methodology, developed and annuallyreviewed by a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading public health scholars.For more information on both reports, visit is external).About UnitedHealthcareUnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians andcare professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.COLCHESTER (May 21, 2014) – UnitedHealthcarelast_img read more

Fruitport breaks into the victory column with a 41-0 league thumping of Union

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Date Fixed For Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder Rematch

first_imgThe much-anticipated rematch between British unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place in Las Vegas on 22 February, both fighters have confirmed.The first bout between both unbeaten fighters ended in a draw in December 2018 with Fury surviving two knockdowns.American Wilder, 34, whose WBC belt will be on the line when they meet at the MGM Grand, tweeted “there will be no more unanswered questions” and “I will finish what I started”.Briton Fury, 31, told fans on Instagram to “watch me knock out Deontay Wilder”.The rematch had been agreed since June but Wilder said it would take place after his fight with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, who he went on to defeat at the MGM Grand in November.Meanwhile, Fury defeated Germany’s Tom Schwarz in June, but suffered a cut eye in beating Sweden’s Otto Wallin in September, which led to concerns a rematch with Wilder could be delayed.Relatedlast_img read more

Dave Bautisa on defending James Gunn after his firing from ‘Guardians’: “My friend…was wronged”

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is on the promo trail for his action comedy Stuber, and he’s once again speaking his mind about the drama surrounding his Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.Then again, the former wrestler was never shy about going to the mat for Gunn: He did so after Marvel Studios’ parent company, Disney, fired Gunn from Guardians 3 last year over some old, offensive tweets.  Bautista also joined the entire cast in writing a letter of support for Gunn.The writer-director was eventually reinstated earlier this year, though not because of the cast’s efforts.Bautista tells Entertainment Tonight about his sharply-worded tweets to Disney at the time. “I was like, ‘Fire me. I don’t care. You’re going to hear what I have to say….I think you made a bad call and I don’t care if you fire me because I feel this way.” Bautista, who was contractually committed to being in a third Guardians film, reportedly threatened to leave the project and follow Gunn onto the Suicide Squad sequel instead.  The actor explained that the threat was about “me being honest and me sticking up for my friend who was wronged.’” Bautista praised Disney’s reversal, saying it proves, “It’s never too late to admit you’re wrong.”In Stuber, Bautista plays a tough-as-nails L.A. cop who, thanks to laser eye surgery, has to rely on the eyes of his straight-laced Uber driver, played by Kumail Nanjani.Incidentally, the movie also features his Guardians co-star Karen Gillan, who Bautista calls, “one of his favorite people.”Stuber opens July 12.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more