The Implications of An Aging Population Structure on Abuse

Dr. Lori A. Post,
Dr. Artem Prokhorov,
Dr. Sarah J. Swierenga,
Dr. James Oehmke,
Mr. Vivek Joshi,
Dr. Charles Salmon,
Ms. Emily Meyer
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The proportion of the population that is in the older age cohorts is growing at a rapid rate. We have projected out the population until the year 2030 when the baby boomers will have become "elderly". The number of persons over the age of 65 will double by this time and the median age will have risen by more than five years. The projected proportion of the population that will experience abuse is also expected to increase. First, the number of potential victims will have increased by the aging and changing population structure, and second, the rates of abuse, neglect, and exploitation may increase as the qualified workforce is shrinking. That combined with decreasing resources in terms of social services may make our elderly population even more vulnerable to abuse.

Keywords: Population Projections, Abuse, Aging
Stream: Technology and Applied Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Implications of An Aging Population Structure, The

Dr. Lori A. Post

Assistant Dean for Research, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. Post is the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Media Studies, and Information. Her research focus is technology and health. To this end, she directs several projects that employ technology in an effort to improve public health.

Dr. Artem Prokhorov

Research Associate, Department of Economics, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. Sarah J. Swierenga

Director, Accessibility and Usability Lab, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mi, USA

Dr. James Oehmke

Professor, Department of Agriculture Economics, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Mr. Vivek Joshi

IT Manager, Michigan State University, Outreach and Engagement
East Lansing, MI, USA

Mr. Joshi is the IT Manager for MSU's Outreach and Engagement.

Dr. Charles Salmon

Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA

Dean Salmon is an expert in health communication and previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control before taking a position at Michigan State University.

Ms. Emily Meyer

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Telecommunication, Information and Media Studies, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA

Ms. Meyer is working on the Michigan Program for Background Checks as an evaluation analyst assessing the impact of whether creating a new standardized system to screen direct care providers will reduce abuse, neglect and exploitation in Michigan's vulnerable populations. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Telecommunication Information and media Studies.

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