Do you think you’d ever pack up all your belongings and move to another town, based on somebody’s survey?
However, people keep making these surveys and PR people keep sending me emails about them. I have been peppered lately with reports about the best and worst places for all kinds of things.
Most recent is the announcement that Texas is the state with the best elder abuse protections. Now that’s pretty good to know.
A group named WalletHub does the studies and claims that by the year 2060 the number of U.S. adults 65 or older will have doubled.
That’s all thanks to the Baby Boomers, who started turning 65 in 2011.
I don’t think I am going to be one of that 2060 census count. You may not be, either, but who knows?
The survey compared the 50 states and DC on a bunch of key measurements.
Texas came out 15th in complaints about elder abuse, gross neglect and exploitation.
The state is 21st in the number of certified volunteer ombudsman. (Do you know that word? That’s somebody who is taking up for you when you need him to.)
Texas is rated first in nursing home quality. You and I can probably remember when that was not true around here.
If you need to go to a home, according to the survey, you need to stay away from Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana or West Virginia.
You can move to Maine, if you like. But I don’t think I could stand the cold.
The state with the lowest elder abuse, neglect and exploitation complaints is Nevada. I guess that’s no surprise. Everybody is out there playing the slots and winning just enough to stay happy. Another state with few complaints is Hawaii. No surprise there, either.
The high complaint states include Kentucky, again, New Jersey, California, Rhode Island and South Carolina.
As expected, if you read the newspapers about what the legislature is spending, Texas falls down in expenditures to prevent elder abuse, being No. 47. Massachusetts spends the most, with the District of Columbia close behind. But again, there’s all that cold weather to worry about.
Wherever you decide to live, you have to watch out for your relatives, because family members are the ones who are stealing from their elderly kin. They keep the oldster at home, says the survey, so their funds won’t be spent by a nursing home.
In other words, if you can hang onto that old person at home, you can still get your inheritance.
So the surveyors advise having a third, disinterested party involved in your care, to keep everybody honest.
And go ahead and stay in Texas. It’s still looking pretty good.