Chronic Disease Among Older Adults
What does this measure?
The percentage of adults aged 65+ who have 4 or more chronic health diseases. Chronic diseases may include diabetes, stroke, cancer, asthma, hypertension, hypothyroidism, arthritis, anemia, stroke, glaucoma, cataracts, Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and heart disease, attacks, fibrillation or failure,
Why is this important?
Chronic disease can reduce the quality of life for older adults, require caregiving from family or health providers, and become a major expense both for families and for the larger community. When chronic diseases are not managed well, these problems are exacerbated, and serious illness, hospitalization and deaths can occur.
How is our county doing?
In 2011, 62% of older adults in Essex County had 4 or more chronic diseases, matching the state. Within the county, Methuen (68%) and Peabody (67%) had the highest rates of chronic disease among adults and the towns of Rockport, Boxford (both at 51%) and Hamilton (47%) had the lowest.
How do we compare to similar counties?
The rate in Essex County was higher than that in Middlesex: 59%. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.
Notes about the data
Data was provided by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. County figures were aggregated from sub-county estimates. Earlier and later years were not available.