June 19, 2015

Aging in Connecticut: A News Roundup

Connecticut Ranks 10th in Senior Health

According to the United Health Foundation, a non-profit healthcare organization, Connecticut is the 10th best state for senior health, up two spots from 12th last year. Connecticut seniors have a high rate of dental visits, and the state has a low rate of seniors living in poverty.

However, the state ranks in the bottom tier of states for level of hospice care (#38), chronic drinking rates (#39), and pain management (#43).

The full report, “America’s Health Rankings,” is available here.

Aging in Place

A recent Hartford Courant article details the steps Connecticut seniors and their family can take to make aging at home an easier and more fulfilling process. Connecticut and Connecticut businesses provide a wide range of options, ranging from elderly nutrition to home modifications that accommodate a person’s restricted mobility. In 2013, the Connecticut General Assembly passed An Act Concerning Aging in Place (PA 13-250) to help with these efforts.

TED Talks Focus on Aging

National Public Radio (NPR) recently posted a series of TED Talks, titled “The Fountain of Youth,” that focus on a wide range of topics relating to getting older. TED is a non-profit organization that collects and disseminates short talks and discussions.