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State-Specific Healthy Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years

Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is a population health measure that combines age-specific mortality with morbidity or health status to estimate expected years of life in good health for persons at a given age. HLE estimates can predict future health service needs, evaluate health programs, and identify trends and inequalities. Furthermore, examining HLE as a percent of life expectancy can reveal populations that might be enduring illness or disability for years. In this report, differences in HLE were reported at the state level for adults aged 65 years based on self-reported health in the 2007–2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, National Vital Statistics Systems mortality data, and corresponding U.S. Census population estimates. The HLE estimates identify disparities in health status by sex, race, and state. Overall, at age 65 years, females had a greater HLE than males and whites had a greater HLE than blacks in all states with sufficient data and the District of Columbia, except in Nevada and New Mexico.

Healthy Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years, United States

Image:  Map - State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Males — United States, 2007–2009
State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Males — United States, 2007–2009

Image:  Map - State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Females — United States, 2007–2009
State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Females — United States, 2007–2009

Image:  Map - State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Whites — United States, 2007–2009
State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Whites — United States, 2007–2009

Image:  Map - State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Blacks — United States, 2007–2009
State-specific healthy life expectancy in years at age 65 years, Blacks — United States, 2007–2009

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