LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
A new report has a lot to say about seniors in Nevada, including one alarming finding.
Our elder population is growing faster than any other group in the state, which means studies are watching them closely. The report released by the Sanford Center for Aging found several positives about Nevada seniors, such as how they are less obese than other states and have better finances.
But the study found several negatives as well. Along with familiar issues such as a higher-than-average divorce rate, heavy alcohol use, and a high rate of problem gambling, the study found a number of new concerns. Between 2000 and 2010, the study says, incidence of Alzheimer’s in Adults 65 and older rose by 38 percent, compared to 12 percent nationwide. Allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders also rose, increasing by 22 percent between 2011 and 2012.
The most alarming finding is that Nevada adults 55 and older have a much higher rate of AIDS diagnosis than the national rate of five people per hundred thousand.The full Sanford University Study can be read by following this link.