According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the elderly population in America is growing exponentially. Following current projected population growth rates, we’re expected to have over 50 million elderly citizens (aged 65+) by the year 2020. By 2050, we’ll have over 80 million elderly residents. These statistics are proof that modern science and medicine have made wonderful impacts on our longevity, but they also prove that long term elderly care needs to quickly become a priority.
Providing satisfactory elderly care on a national level begins at the state level. This means improving nursing homes and other long term care facilities in every state. In Georgia, we have a long way to go until we accomplish this goal. Our state has some of the worst nursing homes in the nation. As we can see from these Georgia nursing home rankings from 2014, Georgia ranks #43 in the nation for overall nursing home quality. Our nursing homes are ranked lowest among all 8 southeast U.S. states, in fact.