Missouri is the 39th healthiest state for older adults, according to a study released Wednesday by a nonprofit arm of UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer.
In the second state-by-state analysis undertaken by the United Health Foundation, Missouri slipped three places, hurt by relatively high smoking rates, a high percentage of low-care nursing home residents and a low percentage of dental visits within the previous 12 months.
Nearly 12 percent of Missouri adults age 65 and older are smokers, according to the study, 46th worst in the nation.
An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.
The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.