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2017 STATES WITH THE BEST
ELDER-ABUSE PROTECTIONS
by Richie Bernardo
Senior Writer
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Nevada Ranked First Overall Among 51 States with the Best ElderAbuse Protections.

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Nevada received an overall ranking of 72.10 regarding three key dimensions: prevalence, resources and protection. Additionally, Nevada came in number one with the lowest elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints. That according to a study cited by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company in Washington, DC.

Abuse happens every day and takes many forms. But vulnerable older Americans are among the easiest targets for this misconduct, especially those who are women, have disabilities and rely on others for care or other type of assistance. By one estimate, elder abuse affects as many as 5 million people per year, and 96 percent of all cases go unreported.

Unless states take action to prevent further abuse, the problem will grow as America becomes an increasingly aging nation. The U.S. Census Bureau expects the population aged 65 and older to nearly double from 43.1 million in 2012 to 83.7 million in 2050, much to the credit of aging Baby Boomers who began turning 65 in 2011.

Fortunately, states recognize that elder abuse is a real and growing issue. But sadly, only some are fighting hard enough to stop it. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 11 key indicators of elder-abuse protection in 3 overall categories. The data set ranges from “share of elder-abuse, gross neglect and exploitation complaints” to “financial elder-abuse laws.”