Aging and Abuse in KY Fact Sheet

Aging and Abuse in Kentucky Fact Sheet

  • Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state (KRS 209.030)
  • As of 2011, individuals over the age of 65 made up 10.6% of the population of Fayette County and 11.8% of the Jessamine County population.
  • There are approximately 120,930 individuals age 60 and over in the Bluegrass region (BGADD) – this represents 15.6% of the population.
  • As of 2010, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, 12.5% of those individuals aged 65 and over live at or below the poverty line; 15.2% are members of minority groups; 34% live in rural areas; and a staggering 47.5% live with at least one severe disability (Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living)
  • The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is the group over 85 years of age.
  • By 2050, the 85+ population is projected to represent 4.7% of the population in Kentucky (AARP).
  • One third of Americans live to the age of 85 (PBS). Of individuals age 85+, approximately 55% will require long-term care (PBS).
  • Of the senior individuals who require assistance with long-term care needs – 65% rely solely on family and friends to meet these needs (PBS).
  • Below chart: Incidence of Elder Abuse in Kentucky – 2009