- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - AARP ranks Wyoming 16th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents.

But it warns more must be done to improve care, including increasing the number of home health aides and increasing the number of people transitioning back to the community after extended nursing home stays.

The organization released a state-by-state ranking this week based on 26 performance indicators along five key dimensions, including affordability and access, quality of life and quality of care and support for family caregivers.

New indicators this year include length of stay in nursing homes and use of anti-psychotic drugs by nursing homes.

AARP Wyoming says it has more than 91,000 members age 50 and over in the state.

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