Arizonans have a life expectancy of more than 20 years after the age of 65, said a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study also found that people are in generally good health for 15 of those 20 years.
Arizona is one of the top states in the country with a long life expectancy for its residents, the report said.
“There (has) been a lack of consensus in terms of what age we should start focusing on as far as older adults (are concerned)," said Babak Nayeri with the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Healthy Aging Program.
He said the terms "senior citizen" or "golden years" are rapidly fading because baby boomers tend to be more active and more independent.
"They don't want to be considered senior citizens," Nayeri said.
There are more than 1.3 million people over the age of 60 living in the state, according to the ADHS.
Nayeri attributed good health outcomes for older Arizona adults to better injury prevention through various state and regional educational programs and lower rates of chronic disease.
The report also found that women have overall a greater life expectancy than men.
Read the CDC report.