100 Arkansans Project: For Every 100 Seniors Age 65 or Older

January 1, 2018


Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy


An initiative by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement to illustrate demographic and health statistics information for Arkansas seniors age 65 or older.

Key takeaways

For every 100 seniors age 65 or older:

  • 32 report fair or poor health and 68 report good or better health
  • 10 smoke and 90 do not
  • 63 are obese or overweight and 37 are not
  • 60 exercised in the past month and 40 did not
  • 25 consumed vegetables more than once a day and 75 did not
  • 1 has private coverage, 41 have public coverage, 57 have private and public coverage, and 1 is uninsured
  • 61 had a dental visit in the past year and 39 did not
  • 9 have asthma and 91 do not
  • 15 have angina or coronary heart disease and 85 do not


  1. U.S. Census Bureau. 2016 American community survey 1-year estimates [Data query]. Retrieved from https://factfinder.census.gov
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. (2015). BRFSS prevalence & trends data [online]. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence/
  3. Zilak, J.P. (2017 August). Supplement, the state of senior hunger in America in 2015. National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and Feeding America. Retrieved from https://www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/State_of_Senior_Hunger_2015-Supplement.pdf