North Carolina Ranked 8th In The Nation For Having The Best Elder-Abuse Protections

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With the share of U.S. 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 going unreported, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections.

To determine which states fight the hardest against elder abuse, the company compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints to presence of financial elder-abuse laws.

The report found that North Carolina ranked among the top 80% in the nation, coming in tied for #8.

States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections

Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Prevalence’ Rank ‘Resources’ Rank ‘Protection’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 59.91 13 5 14
2 Wisconsin 58.38 21 3 38
3 Rhode Island 56.15 41 1 18
4 Michigan 55.37 5 9 35
5 Iowa 54.34 2 28 12
6 Vermont 52.72 9 10 36
7 Pennsylvania 52.57 6 26 16
8 Louisiana 52.28 1 44 23
8 North Carolina 52.28 20 29 1
10 West Virginia 51.72 16 11 24
11 Alaska 51.36 30 7 13
12 Texas 51.19 7 41 10
13 Maryland 51.08 27 12 4
14 Ohio 50.79 23 14 8
15 Virginia 50.03 26 6 26
16 Kansas 48.73 12 43 15
17 Wyoming 48.30 8 20 42
18 Illinois 47.09 24 23 11
19 Florida 46.95 4 50 31
20 Washington 46.81 31 40 2
21 Oklahoma 46.69 39 18 5
22 New York 46.12 17 45 21
23 New Hampshire 45.78 11 34 41
24 Mississippi 45.69 10 27 45
25 Indiana 45.17 3 49 48
26 Maine 45.06 36 13 28
27 Kentucky 44.80 28 21 19
28 Connecticut 44.70 14 19 50
29 District of Columbia 44.64 47 2 34
30 Minnesota 44.28 29 32 17
31 Alabama 44.23 15 33 46
32 Georgia 43.52 22 39 30
33 North Dakota 43.26 37 17 32
34 Colorado 42.62 43 15 7
35 Missouri 42.32 19 46 37
36 Utah 41.41 35 38 22
37 Hawaii 40.47 18 51 47
38 Idaho 39.46 33 31 44
39 New Mexico 39.18 32 42 39
40 Delaware 39.11 38 22 40
41 Oregon 39.00 34 37 43
42 Arkansas 38.25 40 35 25
43 Arizona 37.37 42 47 9
44 Tennessee 37.02 46 24 6
45 Nebraska 37.02 25 48 49
46 South Dakota 36.96 44 16 29
47 Nevada 35.86 51 4 27
48 Montana 32.46 45 8 51
49 California 29.92 50 30 3
50 South Carolina 29.35 49 25 20
51 New Jersey 28.05 48 36 33

Elder-Abuse Protections in North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 22nd – Elder-Abuse, Gross-Neglect & Exploitation Complaints*
  • 29th – Total Expenditures on Elder-Abuse Prevention*
  • 22nd – Total Long-Term Care Ombudsman-Program Funding*
  • 12th – Number of Eldercare Organizations & Services*
  • 1st – Number of Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen*

*Per resident aged 65+

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