These Community Outcome Targets gauge the health of the community, specifically as related to the goals of the Sarasota Department of Human Services. This is designed to be an inclusive list of targets that is representative of the effort of human services in Sarasota County. Given that inclusive products frequently require community collaboration, we ask that if you wish to see data in this scorecard that is not currently included, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your suggestions. Your input in this collaborative effort is greatly appreciated!
The World Health Organization Defines Health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." For seniors especially, having access to mental healthcare and emotional support is critical.
The Suicide Rate of Seniors ages 65 and over is a three year rolling rate per 100,000 population of deaths from all types of suicide. This data is reported by the Florida Department of Health. The rate of suicide is indication of untreated mental illness, and is therefore representative of a lack of access to mental healthcare or emotional support. 13% of seniors (65+) in Sarasota County have been told that they have a depressive disorder. there has been a decrease in the percentage of seniors in Sarasota County who report having good mental health, from 97.1% in 2007 to 93.2% in 2013 (4% decrease in 6 years). According to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (2014), 6.4% of seniors in Sarasota County live in areas that are defined as having medically under-served populations.
he World Health Organization Defines Health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." For seniors especially, having access to mental healthcare and emotional support is critical.
Dietary intake affects the health of older Americans, because poor diet quality is associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. According to an AARP survey of Adult Americans, 9.2% of seniors in Florida are food insecure, meaning that they do not have steady access to nutritious foods. Barriers to food security include insufficient income and transportation, as well as the inability to prepare meals in old age. In 2015, the Seniors Advisory Council "Food Security and Hunger Reduction" as one of their top five priorities.
The percentage of Seniors Consuming Two or More Servings of Fruits and Vegetables
is collected as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, a county-level telephone survey conducted by the centers for disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology. This indicator is representative of senior access to nutritious foods, as well as access to education about the benefit of nutritious foods.