The Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its 2016 Profile of Older Americans, which describes typical characteristics of older Americans as of 2016. The population aged 65 and older increased by 30% between 2005 and 2015, which this population expected to more than double to 98 million by the year 2060. Likewise, the population aged 60 and older increased by 34% during that same timeframe. By 2040, the 2015 population of Americans aged 85 and older will triple to a high of 14.6 million.
Racial and ethnic minorities, which comprised 22% of the older adult population in 2015, will comprise 28% of the older adult population in 2030. Individuals who reach the age of 65 have an additional life expectancy of about 19 years, which is slightly higher for women than for men. As a result, older women (26.7 million) outnumber older men (21.1 million). Older men (70%) are much more likely to be married than older women (45%). About 29% of older Americans who do not live in institutions live by themselves.
The median income for older Americans is about $31,000 for men and $18,000 for women. As of 2014, the most common source of income for older Americans is Social Security benefits, followed by income from assets, earnings, private pensions, and government pensions. Over 4.2 million older adults, or 8.8% of older adults, were below the poverty level in 2015.
There are many different types of abuse or neglect that can occur to residents in nursing home or residential care facilities. The Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan have handled countless claims on behalf of nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries and even death due to the negligent behavior of nursing home staff and facilities, regardless of the type of abuse or neglect involved. When a serious injury or death of a loved one occurs, we know just how devastating it can be, and how powerless you are likely to feel as a result. Allow your family to begin the healing process from this traumatic event by holding the wrongdoers responsible for your loved one’s injuries. Contact our office today and set up a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.