Almost every minute an American develops Alzheimer’s disease and a senior is abused, according to updated information released this week, revealing distressing statistics about U.S. health.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 2.2 million elderly abuse cases are reported annually, with about one out of ten of the aging population suffering some type of harm. Females are more likely to be abused, with over 67% of senior abuse cases being women.
Considering the term “elderly” as being defined as a person being 60 years old or older, the median age of elder abuse victims is 77.9 years. By race, 66.4% are white victims, 18.7% are black, and 10.4% are Hispanic.
About one out of nine Americans over 65, and more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 42% of individuals with the disease are residing in assisted living facilities, according to data released by the Alzheimer’s Association yesterday. The usual first symptom of the disease is short term loss of memory with recent events and then intensifying from there.
Breakdown of Reported Elder Abuse Cases:
- Neglect 58.5 %
- Physical Abuse 15.7 %
- Financial Exploitation 12.3 %
- Emotional Abuse 7.3 %
- Sexual Abuse 0.04 %
- All other types 5.1 %
- Unknown 0.06 %
Family Perpetrated Elderly Abuse
- Percent of Adult Protective Service cases that involve elderly abuse 68 %
- Percent of elderly abuse perpetrated by adult children or spouses 66 %
- Percent of murder victims over 60 who were killed by their own offspring 42 %
- Percent of murder victims over 60 who were killed by their spouses 24 %
Nursing Home Abuse
- Percent of nursing homes that lack adequate staff to properly care for patients 91 %
- Percent of nursing homes that have been in violation of elderly abuse laws 36 %
The Alzheimer’s Association defines the disease as a “chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time” with $220 billion a year in patient care costs in the U.S. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s and the rate of the disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.
There are over 231,900 nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s as of January 12, 2015 and 15.5% of all nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s. One third of seniors die, with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. The number of deaths each year due to Alzheimer’s is 84,974 making it the 6th leading cause of death. Over 66% of Alzheimer’s patients are women.
Racial Makeup of Alzheimer’s
- White 2.9 %
- African American 9.1 %
- Hispanic 7.5 %
- White 10.9 %
- African American 19.9 %
- Hispanic 27.9 %
85 Years and Older
- White 30.2 %
- African American 58.6 %
- Hispanic 62.9%