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Ohio ranks 28th in overall senior wellness

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Chronic illnesses and emergency room visits are becoming more frequent as Americans live longer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults 65 and older spend three to five times more on health care than people younger than 65.

Preventable hospital stays are some of the challenges facing Ohio seniors according to a new America's Health Rankings report, which ranks Ohio 28 out of 50.

The state's obesity rate and the number of seniors who are food insecure also are causes for concern.

"Because of poverty levels, there are a lot of people who need help with meals," said Lisa Solley with the Area Agency on Aging.

Some other positive news for seniors, chronic drinking among the 65 and older population is lower in Ohio than in most states.

There also are few nursing home residents who require only limited services, a nod to Ohio's investment in community services, which give seniors the opportunity to age at home.

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