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.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.