Although many people do not like to think about it, the reality is that as life expectancy improves because of better medical care some people may eventually require long-term care. Furthermore, the U.S. demographics are changing. Baby boomers are expected to enter retirement and potentially require long-term care in the near future. Thus, it is very important to have a basic understanding of what elder abuse is, individual rights, how to recognize elder abuse and potential legal options.
As people retire and age, they may be concered with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
Though many people do not want to think about a nursing home for a loved one, there are times when it may not be possible to adequately care for and meet the medical needs of a family member. This could be due to their advanced age, illness or an injury which requires medical care.
Connecticut residents may not find it surprising to learn that the well-established medical and public health infrastructure in the United States has drastically increased life expectancy. According to the CDC, in 2012 there were over 43 million persons aged 65 and older in the country. This demographic of older persons is expected to rapidly grow mainly due to the baby-boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, turning 65.