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May 28, 2014

New Jersey’s senior citizens fare worse than the total population of the state when it comes to general health, since the state ranked only 24th of all states and the District of Columbia when it comes to the health of its older citizens.

The Garden State ranks 10th overall when looking at the health of its total population, according to America’s Health Rankings, which is conducted by United Healthcare.

Obesity was cited as the number one challenge for seniors, since its prevalence increased slightly this year to 27.2 percent of those 65 years or older. Other issues for New Jersey are the high percentage of hospital deaths (although this decreased 22 percent from last year) and the highest use of intensive care units.

The other major challenge for New Jersey is the disparity between its wealthier citizens and its poorest. Of those seniors with incomes of more than $75,000, 56 percent said their health was very good or excellent. Only 25 percent of seniors with incomes below $25,000 said they were in very good health or better.

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