Among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Massachusetts stands alone when it comes to elder-abuse prevention, according to a new report.
The personal-finance and data experts at WalletHub released its report — 2019’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections — on Wednesday and ranked Massachusetts as the state that fights the hardest against elder abuse.
According to WalletHub’s report, adults aged 65 and older expected to be 1 in 5 by the year 2030 and as many as 13 out of every 14 elder-abuse cases go unreported.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, D.C. across 16 key metrics, including share of elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints to presence of financial elder-abuse laws.
Here’s how Massachusetts ranked in all categories:
Elder-Abuse Protections in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
- 10th – Elder-Abuse, Gross-Neglect & Exploitation Complaints*
- 1st – Total Expenditures on Elder-Abuse Prevention*
- 23rd – Total Long-Term Care Ombudsman-Program Funding*
- 15th – Number of Eldercare Organizations & Services*
- 6th – Number of Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen*
- 27th – Nursing-Homes Quality
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