Report on senior health reveals wide differences across Massachusetts

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More than three quarters of older adults in Massachusetts grapple with high blood pressure, and nearly 1 in 3 has been diagnosed with depression, according to a report to be released Friday that provides a first-of-its kind, in-depth look at about 100 health measures of each community in the state.

Some regions of the state appear to be bastions for healthy aging, with relatively few seniors plagued by chronic health problems, while other areas are rife with challenges, according to the report and an interactive website commissioned by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

A number of small towns in Central and Western Massachusetts had a disproportionate share of seniors reporting no chronic conditions, while several large cities in the southeastern part of the state have unusually high numbers of older residents with multiple health problems.

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