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Health report card for seniors

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 just released its annual report today. The collaborative report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists a report card in one section that measures how U.S. residents 65 and older are terms of  “Healthy People 2020” targets.

United States seniors met or exceeded six of the “Healthy People 2020” targets. But fell short on several others, including not getting their flu shots.

U.S. seniors did well on getting more exercise, cutting obesity rates, quitting smoking and taking meds for high blood pressure and for getting mammograms and colorectal screenings.

But they didn't get enough flu protection. The goal of Healthy People 2000 is for 90 percent of folks 65 and older to get flu shots but only 66.9 percent do. Seniors are also short on pneumonia vaccines (68.1 percent of seniors got them, but the goal is 90 percent.)

(Spokesman-Review archives photo)


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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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