HealthDay recently published the results of a new study that found the overall health of seniors to be improving. The largest gains in healthy lifestyles, however, occur in well-educated, rich, and white seniors. Researchers were somewhat surprised by the results, since, seniors uniformly have access to Medicare, and thus should get the medical care that they need, regardless of race, income, or education. Nonetheless, these disparities have only continued to widen over time, which seems to debunk the commonly held notion that people with access to health care are healthier in general.
Federal government data concerning over 55,000 adults over the age of 65 shows a 14 percent increase in those who reported being in good health between 2000 and 2014. The study focused on seniors who reported being in good health at least twice in one calendar year. Seniors with graduate degrees saw the biggest increases in health lifestyles, while there were virtually no gains among seniors with only high school diplomas. Likewise, 52% of the seniors who reported being in good health had higher incomes, whereas only 31% of seniors with higher incomes reported being in poor health. White seniors saw the greatest gains in good health, but the rate of good health remained flat for black and Hispanic seniors, although there were gains among people of other racial or ethnic groups. Curiously, seniors who never had been married also saw reclining rates of good health over this time period.
This study shows that while access to health care and doctors clearly is essential, many other factors in a person’s life also seem to affect the level of his or health. While seniors are getting healthier as a general rule, there are still situations in which some seniors need long-term care. At Boller & Vaughan, we are here to stand up for the rights of senior citizens and their families who have suffered substantial injuries, whether physical, emotional, or financial, while under the care of those who are supposed to prevent such injuries from occurring. Contact us today at (608) 268-0268, set up an appointment with one of our Wisconsin elder abuse attorneys, and discover how we can help.
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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.