Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Report shows declining physical and behavioral health among Virginia seniors

The report by America’s Health Rankings highlights the increasing trend of excessive drinking among Virginia seniors, with 7.4% of the older population participating, which is just below the national average of 7.7%. Despite this increase, there have been significant declines in both behavioral and overall health outcomes for older adults in the state. There has been a 38% increase in seniors experiencing “frequent mental distress,” reflecting a similar trend at the national level. Dr. Rhonda Randall from UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual suggests that economic factors such as rising poverty rates and concerns about food insecurity and access to affordable housing may be exacerbating these issues.

Despite these challenges, there are some positive developments in senior healthcare in Virginia. There has been an increase in the availability of healthcare providers and home health care workers for older adults in the state. Additionally, efforts have been made to improve the quality of care for seniors, including increased access to cancer screenings and vaccinations for conditions like the flu and pneumonia. However, more support is needed for unpaid family caregivers who play a crucial role in providing care for seniors. In 2023, a bill to establish a tax credit for eligible family caregiving expenses was introduced in the General Assembly but did not pass. High-speed internet access has also been identified as a benefit for seniors, facilitating connections with loved ones and healthcare providers, although there has been a corresponding increase in internet crimes reported by Virginians.

By Aiden Nguyen

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