The Alzheimer’s Association recently released its 2017 fact and figures manual about Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s, which no one can prevent, treat, or cure, is becoming more prevalent; about one in every ten people aged 65 and older suffer from the disease. Since the population of Americans who are aged 65 and older is expected to double to about 88 million by 2050, the numbers of older individuals afflicted with the disease will undoubtedly rise. The fact that the Baby Boomer generation began to turn 70 last year also will contribute to this significant increase.
Forty-four percent of the individuals with Alzheimer’s are between the ages of 75 and 84; 38% of these individuals are over the age of 85. Only 16% of the individuals with Alzheimer’s are between the ages of 65 and 74, and only four percent are under the age of 65. Overall, about 10% of Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s- related dementia. Of this 10%, two-thirds are female and one-third is male. Older African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to have Alzheimer’s Disease than their white counterparts. In fact, if you are African-American, you are twice as likely to have the disease than if you are white, and you are one-and-one-half times as likely if you are Hispanic.
In the state of Wisconsin, about 110,000 residents currently suffer from the disease. By 2025, experts expect that population to grow by 18.2%, to about 130,000. This obviously is not an insignificant portion of the state’s population. Currently, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds. By 2050, someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of a caretaker, whether in a home health care setting, nursing home, or other healthcare facility, you may have a valid personal injury claim. This type of situation makes it essential to contact an experienced Wisconsin neglect and abuse attorney in order to protect your rights and obtain the financial relief that you deserve. Certain individuals have an obligation under the law to report suspected abuse or neglect of an elderly individual or nursing home or other facility resident. Those who fail to do so must face the consequences of their actions. Hold negligent Wisconsin care providers responsible for their actions. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you.