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New Report Offers Detailed Stats on the Health of Aging Adults in N.H.


A new database released Tuesday offers a detailed look at the health of aging adults in New Hampshire.

The report, funded by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, provides town-level data on 166 different health indicators for adults over 60 in New Hampshire.

It measures everything from rates of chronic diseases, to the number of senior centers in a community, to the percentage of older adults living in poverty in a community.

In a press call Tuesday morning Brinn Sullivan, president of the New Hampshire association of senior centers, said access to the data will "revolutionize" how medical providers and policy makers understand the communities they serve.

"Every senior center in our state, every nutrition program, every library, YMCA, can go here and learn more about their community," said Sullivan. "They no longer have to dig through a bunch of different reports, it's all compiled in one place."

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Elizabeth Dugan, who led the research effort, says the results show a mixed picture of the health of seniors across the state.

"There are clear health disparities by zipcode, by gender, and by the the type of community that you live in," said Dugan.

Dugan says she hopes the database will aid medical providers and policy makers in addressing the needs of the state's aging population.

According to the report, New Hampshire has the second oldest median age in the country with more than 20% of residents currently over the age of 60.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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