Shocking Statistics About Seniors


The North American Senior population is projected to double in the first three decades of the 21st century. With 48 million Americans over 65, and 7 million over 85, this is the largest, fastest growing marketplace in North America with the most urgent needs. IPS Safety Inc. is at the forefront of helping Seniors and their Caregivers cope and prosper.

The number of people 85 and older will grow by 700%. This is the fastest growing population segment by far.

From 2011 to 2016, Canadians aged 65 and older jumped to 16.9% of Canada’s population, exceeding the share of children who currently make up 16.6% of the population.


“A report released in 2010 – right now we have over half a million Canadians with Alzheimer’s or related dementia; we are diagnosing one new case every five minutes. By 2038 we will have well over a million people – we will be diagnosing a case every two minutes” Karen Henderson, Long Term Care Planning Network

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander, and if not found within 24 hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. Due to Canada’s growing number of seniors, many of whom are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, wandering is increasing. Even in familiar places, a person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address and can become disoriented. Wandering with dementia is dangerous,

In the US, three out of five people with dementia will wander. That’s an estimated 3 million people each year.

If found within twelve hours, 93% will survive, and if not found within 24 hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. Meaning 7% will not survive the ordeal. The longer they are missing the greater the chance of harm.


1 in 4 older Americans suffers from malnutrition. The percentage of older Americans facing the threat of hunger is rising, according to a new report released Wednesday by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. Of Americans age 60 and older, 15.3 percent, or 9.3 million, face the threat of hunger, defined as lacking access to safe, affordable food at all times. Food insecurity is associated with poor health outcomes among older people. Since the onset of the recession in 2007 until 2012, the latest year figures were available, the percentage of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased 28 percent. The number of Americans 60 and older during that period rose from 51.6 million to 60.4 million, or 17 percent.  Washington Post May 21, 2014

Startling Elder Abuse Stats

Perpetrators of Emotional Abuse of Elders

25% Acquaintances

25% Partners/Spouses

19% Children/Grandchildren

13% Other Relatives

9% Strangers

9% Refused to Answer


Neglect 58.5%

Physical Abuse 15.7%

Financial Exploitation 12.3%

Emotional Abuse 7.3%

Sexual Abuse .04%

All Other Types 5.1%


  • A recent study that was sponsored by the US Government found that 30% of nursing homes in the country were cited for at least one instance of abuse in a two year period.
  • There were almost 9,000 total instances of abuse that were documented, including untreated bedsores, dehydration, and accidents that could have been prevented.
  • Nearly 20% of the abuse incidents that were reported were serious enough to place elderly residents in immediate jeopardy of serious injury or death.
  • By 2050, the number of people who are age 65 or older is expected to make up at least 20% of the total US population.
  • More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90% report that they or another resident of the facility have been neglected.
  • Nearly 10% of homes that had violations posed a risk of serious injury or death, or that did cause deaths of elderly residents.FALLS:

The risk of falling increases with age. As we age our balance can become an issue.

Elderly women are more likely to fall than men.

When an older person falls, their hospital stay is more likely to be twice as long as an elderly person admitted for a different reason.

One-third of all people over the age of 65 will have an injury due to a fall, and two-thirds of those who do will fall again within 6 months of the first.

For those over 65, an injury from a fall is the leading cause of death. About 9,500 elderly people die from injuries due to falls each year.

That hip injury that Grandma got from her fall? If she is 65-69, she is one of 200 who did, and 1 in ten if she is over 85. A quarter of those who do break a hip from a fall will die within 6 months of the fall.

The biggest effect of that fall and injury is a loss of independence for seniors. That in and of itself can be what leads to death. Depression and lack of will to go on if they have to be less independent or worse, institutionalized, can lead some to give up.

One out of seven people over the age of 65 need in-home care. Nearly 40% of those over the age of 85 need some form of Senior Care.

Approximately 5.1 million American elders over 65 have some kind dementia. One 2009 study revealed that close to 50% of the people with dementia experience some kind of abuse.

According to recent surveys, 9 out of 10 Seniors prefer to age at home. Two-thirds of Seniors spend the rest of their lives in their homes. 70% of Seniors over 65 will require some form of daily assistance.

Robin Elliott  IPS Safety Inc. – Solutions for Senior Safety


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Marketing Director, International entrepreneur since 1987 Author of 15 books Personal website: My other Blog is Ask me about an excellent business opportunity.

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