PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As state and local leaders, frontline workers and residents work to contain the spread of COVID-19 during a second surge of cases, the new 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report released today utilizes 197 health indicators to provide a timely, comprehensive picture of the health of older adults in Rhode Island.
"This report helps us identify important patterns of health behaviors, resources, disease and disparities in the way Rhode Islanders are aging," said Catherine Taylor, executive director at Age Friendly Rhode Island. "The key to healthy aging is to invest in community-level efforts to improve access to health care, expand services and support behaviors known to reduce the risks of disease and disability. The 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report can inform community-level decisions for years to come to better support the aging populations in our state."
The 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report allows readers to compare 41 communities within the state on healthy aging indicators ? from chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and obesity to healthy aging behaviors like diet, exercise and immunizations. Funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the data was compiled and analyzed by researchers at the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and engaged key stakeholders in Rhode Island to contextualize findings.
The data in the report is intended to catalyze and enable community leaders to prioritize needs and potential interventions that improve healthy aging in Rhode Island. Among its many insights, the report highlights:
"Our research team has spent years collecting and analyzing data and speaking with community members and leaders to get an updated, accurate understanding of the way older people are aging in Rhode Island," said Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, principal investigator, Gerontology University of Massachusetts Boston. "In response to the data, we've developed tools to inform communities about ways to make it easier for everyone to achieve their own, unique, optimal health."
The 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report online resources include:
"The disparities highlighted in this report have been magnified during the pandemic," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. "This report gives community leaders a road map to address challenges and make Rhode Island communities great places to grow up and grow old."
To read the 2020 Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report and access the digital tools, visit www.healthyagingdatareports.org/rhode-island.
About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $40 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Contact: Alrie McNiff Daniels, 617-301-2715, Alrie_Daniels@tufts-health.com
SOURCE Tufts Health Plan Foundation
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