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Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another two decades. And for a good chunk of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good health.

Hawaii tops the charts in the government’s first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live and how many of those remaining years will be healthy ones.

Mississippi was worst, with about 17½ more years and nearly seven of them in poorer health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Thursday.

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Online:

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

Associated Press

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