America has become an increasingly aging nation. The U.S. Census Bureau expects the population aged 65 and older to nearly double from 43.1 million in 2012 to 83.7 million in 2050, much to the credit of aging Baby Boomers who began turning 65 in 2011.
That’s bad news for those aging in Alabama — the state is ranked one of the worst in elder-abuse protections in the country, according to a new online report.
A new Wallethub study shows out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Alabama ranked 10th worst in protections against elder abuse.
Alabama ranked poorly when it comes to eldercare organizations and services per resident aged 65+, total long-term care ombudsman-program funding per resident aged 65+, number of certified volunteer ombudsmen per resident aged 65+, among other measures used to gauge the state’s level elder-abuse protection.
Here’s how Alabama stands on some key metrics studied by WalletHub:
Elder-ebuse protections in Alabama (1=best; 25=avg.)
- 20th: Elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints per resident aged 65+
- 27th: Total expenditures on elder-abuse prevention per resident aged 65+
- 35th: Total long-term care ombudsman-program funding per resident aged 65+
- 35th: Number of eldercare organizations and services per resident aged 65+
- 49th: Number of certified volunteer ombudsmen per resident aged 65+
- 20th: Nursing-homes quality
Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the country: