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The healthiest states for retirees

June 8, 2014

The second annual “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report” ranked all 50 states on the health and well-being of older Americans, based on 34 different statistical measures, ranging from the availability of geriatricians to the prevalence of volunteering among older people. Minnesota ranked first, while Mississippi placed last.

Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical adviser to the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established by UnitedHealth Group UNH +0.79%  (parent company to insurer UnitedHealthcare), said the rankings weren’t designed as a list of the best states in which to retire. That said, it merits a mention that retiree haven Florida ranked a worse-than-average 28th overall, with strengths including high levels of physical activity among older people and weaknesses including high prevalence of chronic drinking among those 65 and over.

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