A new study by SeniorLiving.org, a website that offers research-based rankings and ratings for housing, safety, healthcare and money resources, finds that Tennessee is the No. 19 most dangerous state to live for senior citizens.
The ranking is based on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on fatal and non-fatal injuries across the country.
According to the findings from 2018 for seniors in Tennessee:
- Overall Violent Deaths: No. 19 with 21.3 per 100,000 people. (Massachusetts had the fewest with 8.7 per 100,000)
- Homicides: No. 12 with 2.7 per 100,000 people. (New Hampshire had the fewest with .7 per 100,000)
- Suicides: No. 19 with 18.6 per 100,000 people. (Massachusetts had the fewest with 7.7 per 100,000)
Sadly, violence against senior citizens nationwide has increased in recent years. There has been a 55% increase in assaults on seniors since 2002; nearly 10% of seniors suffer elder abuse; and 88% of violent deaths of Americans 65 and older is a result of suicide.
The CDC attributed the rise in rates partially to the increased numbers in the age group overall, as the U.S. population continues to get older on average. About 22% of Americans today are older than 60, but that proportion is expected to grow to about 28% by 2050. But even today, the proportion of older people in the population is larger than the proportion of children under 15 (19%).
Older Americans do have a lower rate of violent victimization than the overall U.S. population, but those 60 and over are at risk of particular type of violence that doesn’t affect younger people — elder abuse. It’s estimated that about 10% of those over 60 experience elder abuse every year, but the majority of elder abuse incidents go unreported.
Here are the overall 10 most dangerous states for seniors: Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, and West Virginia.
Here are the overall 10 least dangerous states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Washington D.C., North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois.
For the full study, go to The Most Dangerous States for Seniors.