Vermont and Hawaii get good reports from the CDC about the healthy life expectancy of its citizens.
For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control has issued a report on life expectancy after the age of 65 on a state-by-state basis, and also report on how many of those years are expected to be healthy ones.
If you are going to base your retirement home decisions on this report, Hawaii is a good place to go, and Mississippi is not.
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from July 18 provides State-Specific Healthy Life Expectancy at Age 65. The data was obtained from 2007 to 2009.
The report can be read at the CDC website:
Long-term health is the greatest concern of investors outside of financial concerns, and is growing, according to a Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner study of Millionaire investors(with a net worth of between $1-5 million not including primary residence) conducted in the first quarter of 2013. Sixty-six percent listed “health of my spouse’’ as a concern, and 60 percent listed their own health as the top concern.
Only 44 percent listed “having someone to care for me in my old age” as a concern, although 52 percent expressed concern about having to live in an extended care facility.
Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE) statistics have been compiled for countries in the past by the World Health Organization, but the CDC said this is the first state-by-state report of its kind. The CDC used data from the National Vital Statistics Systems (NVSS), the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to calculate the healthy life expectancies for people over the age of 65 and separated it by sex, race and state.
Also, because of insufficient data, the only race differences measured was between Caucasians and African-Americans, and because of a low number of deaths, 11 states did not provide information on African-Americans.
Here is some of the key overall findings, and some specific state information:
Females, who have always had a longer life expectancy, also have a greater HLE in all states and the District of Columbia. Nevada and New Mexico were the only states in which African-Americans had a higher HLE than Caucasians, and the difference in both cases was very slight.
Mississippi had the lowest HLE for males at 10.1 years and the lowest for females at 11.4 years. Hawaii had the highest HLE for males of 15.0 years and the highest for females at 17.3 years.
North and South Dakota had the greatest difference between male HLE and female HLE, with females having 3.1 more years of health than men.
For Caucasians over 65, the lowest HLE was in West Virginia, which was at 11.0 years, while the District of Columbia measured a high of 18.8 years. For African-Americans, the low state for HLE was Iowa, at 7.1 years, and the high was New Mexico at 15.1 years. The largest difference in HLE between Caucasians and African-Americans was in Iowa at 7.8 years.
The CDC also measured the percentage of years of life expectancy against the years of healthy life expectancy for people over 65, and Vermont came out the winner. The Green Mountain State had a life expectancy after 65 years of age of 19.4 years, and 15.2 f those years are expected to be lived in good health.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.