A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention suggests elderly persons in Louisiana are less likely to lead healthy lives. The report suggests the average person can expect only 12 years past 65 of decent health. Denise Bottcher, with AARP-Louisiana says most retired persons rely heavily on Social Security and Medicare benefits to stay healthy.
In the CDC study, the national average of healthful years after 65 is 19; 7 more than in Louisiana. The reports shows our state's women fare a bit better than men, and whites can expect more healthy senior years than blacks. The CDC says the average life expectancy of Louisianans is 82.
Bottcher says assuring seniors have continued Social Security and Medicare benefits would help. Bottcher says the AARP will continue to advocate for more affordable health care solutions for elderly citizens. She says life is expensive and it gets worse when you're on a fixed income.