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FL Seniors, About That Drinking...

Florida ranks near the middle of the state when it comes to senior health, according to a national survey released this week. Florida ranks 28th, slipping slightly from the last senior report by one notch.

United Health Foundation’s second edition of its Health Rankings Senior Report lists states’  strengths and challenges.  Among Florida’s strengths are the use of hospice care and a lower-than-average rate of smoking, falls and physical inactivity.  

Florida’s challenges include a high prevalence of chronic drinking and use of intensive care, and limited availability of home health care workers.   

The state did better on the senior report than the all-age report that came out in 2013. United Health Foundation ranked Florida No. 33.

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