According to a study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory, the number of Wisconsin residents who are older than 65 years of age will double within 30 years. The last census in 2010 accounted for 777,000 of Wisconsin residents over the age of 65. The study projects that this demographic will leap to 1.5 million over a 30-year period. Likewise, the number of residents over the age of 85 will almost triple in number, increasing from 118,500 in 2010 to 287,000 in 2040. A major reason for this increase in the elderly population is the movement of the baby boomer generation, or those individuals who were born between 1946 and 1964, into these age groups.
Part of this increase in the number of Wisconsin residents is attributable to a continuing rise in life expectancy. If data holds true, the life expectancy of a male will rise from 77.3 years to 81.5 years, and the life expectancy of a female will rise from 82 to 85.7. This significant rise in life expectancies is spurred by the development of medical care and technology.
These statistics hold true not only for the state of Wisconsin, but also for the entire nation. Americans tend to retire five years earlier than they did in 1950 and live about 12 years longer. By most estimates, some 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day across the United States. As a result of this population shift, experts anticipate that funding for Medicaid will increase significantly, as will the need for more primary care physicians, nurses, and affordable dental care.
The nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers of Boller & Vaughan are experienced in ensuring that nursing homes and other elderly care facilities refrain from hurting or neglecting their residents in any way. When a nursing facility violates a nursing home resident’s rights, and injury occurs as a result, the nursing facility may be liable for those injuries. We know how to investigate your case, assess your situation and determine whether you or your loved one has any potential claims against nursing home staff or the nursing home itself. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you through this difficult situation.