Here are some interesting pieces of data collected by the NCEA:
- The 2010 US Census recorded both the greatest number and proportion of people 65+ years old in the entire census history. This amounts to 40.3 million elderly residents.
- By 2050, the population will most likely be 20% comprised of people aged 65 and older.
- Data from the Adult Protective Services (APS) reports an increase in the number of reports of elder abuse in the past several years. They expect that this trend will continue.
- Only about 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities. Some report this statistic to be as high as 1 in 24 cases.
- Financial exploitation is the highest self-reported form of elder abuse.
- The majority of those who engage in elder abuse are family members, at a percentage of about 90% of all reported elder abuse cases.
- The proportion of abuse of the elderly with disabilities is particularly high, as well as those with dementia and those who live in nursing homes or long-term assisted living facilities.