The health of Wisconsin seniors has been ranked 14th out of U.S. states in the latest America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. 

That’s compared to 10th in the report from 2019, the last report in which the foundation ranked states for the health of seniors. 

Some of the state’s strengths include relatively low prevalence of “frequent mental distress,” a high pneumonia vaccination rate and low prevalence of insufficient sleep. 

But at the same time, seniors in Wisconsin have a high prevalence of excessive drinking, low cancer screening rates, and a high percentage of drinking water systems with “serious violations.” 

The report includes rankings for a series of broad categories, with Wisconsin being ranked among the top 20 states for most of them except for physical environment, for which the state was ranked 47th. This covers factors like air pollution, drinking water violations, and housing and transit options. 

Meanwhile, the state was ranked eighth for social and economic factors, 12th for clinical care, 16th for health behaviors and 18th for health outcomes. 

Some of Wisconsin’s best rankings include: third for economic resources for seniors; fifth for food insecurity, with 8.3 percent of seniors experiencing a lack of food security; second for COVID-19 vaccine boosters, with 79.9 percent of seniors having received a booster; and fourth for pneumonia vaccinations, with 75.3 percent of seniors vaccinated. 

But the state was ranked 50th for rates of excessive drinking among seniors with 11.8 percent, the report shows. Wisconsin was also ranked 47th for senior cancer screenings and 46th for air and water quality. 

See the state summary here: 

Download the full national report here: 

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