BOISE • Idaho ranked 24th in the nation for senior health in a new report from United Health Foundation.

The foundation commissioned the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report to examine the health challenges affecting today’s seniors.

Americans are living longer but sicker lives, according to the report. The country’s senior population is poised to grow more than 50 percent between 2015 and 2030.

The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report assesses state-level performance on 34 different elements, including both health determinants and health outcomes.

Here in the Gem State, strengths in the report include a low rate of hospital re-admissions (ranked second in the U.S.) and a low prevalence of preventable hospitalizations (fourth in the U.S.).

Challenges include Idaho ranking 49th in pain management and 46th in community support for seniors.

Among all 50 states, Minnesota leads the nation for senior health, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa.

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