Florida Ranks Low In Senior Health Care

TALLAHASSEE-- A new report shows Florida is in the bottom half of states when it comes to health care for seniors.

"America's Health Rankings: Senior Report" judges states based on a wide variety of criteria.

Florida's overall rank was 28. The state scored high in diabetes treatment, hospice care, and controlling senior obesity, but the state ranked dead last in the number of home health care workers available to serve senior citizens.

"Over 18 percent of our population is 65 plus, the largest percentage in the country, so it is really important that we ensure that we are taking care of our seniors 65 plus and that we have the resources to do so," Leslie Spencer of AARP said.

Florida also ranked low in seniors admitting to chronic drinking and pain management.