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Georgia Elder Abuse Facts

Posted by attorney Peter Scholle

AGING TRENDS NATIONALLY AND IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA Nationally, over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American. US Administration on Aging. Nationally, persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males). US Administration on Aging. Nationally, half of older women (50%) age 75+ live alone. US Administration on Aging. Georgia has the ninth fastest growing 60+ population and the eighteenth fastest growing 85+ population in the United States. Source Georgia DHS. Georgia's population ages 60 and above is expected to increase 75% between 2010 and 2030, from 1,450,968 persons to 2,533,710 persons. Source Georgia DHS. Georgia's population ages 85 and above increased 114.6% from 1990 to 2010. Those 85 and above are by far the fastest growing group, to total 122,818 in 2010. Source Georgia DHS. Nationally, the 85+ population is projected to increase from 4.2 million in 2000 to 5.7 million in 2010 (a 36% increase) and then to 6.6 million in 2020 (a 15% increase for that decade). US Administration on Aging. In 2000, individuals aged 65 or older numbered 34.8 million people--12.7 percent of our nation's total population. By 2020, that percentage will increase by nearly one-third to 16.5 percent--one in six Americans--and will represent nearly 20 million more elderly than there are today. By 2040, the number of elderly aged 85 years and older--the age group most likely to need longterm care services--is projected to more than triple from about 4 million to about 14 million. Source US GAO. Spending for Long-Term Care Could Quadruple by 2050. Source US GAO. Medicaid Accounts for 45% of total spending for Long Term Care. Source US GAO.

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