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Where You Live Could Determine How Long You Live

The life expectancy for seniors after 65 in Missouri and Oklahoma is less than 13 years.
JOPLIN, MO.--- A recent study shows where you live may determine how long you live. The National Center for Health statistics analyzed each state to see how long seniors could expect to live after hitting 65.

The life expectancy for seniors after 65 in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma is less than 13 years. In Kansas, it's 13 to 14 years. The chief nursing officer with Freeman Health System says food portion sizes and activity play a key role in lifespan.

"In the Midwest you can go to the pool but there's only so much you can do there. So, I think it's less activity and less conducive to activities," said Lucretia Craig, Chief Nursing Officer, Freeman Health System.

In the study, Hawaii fared best. Women there can expect to live more than 17 years past the age of 65. Mississippi seniors have lower life expectancies. 

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