Study Finds Low Quality of Life for Virginia’s Elderly Population

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2014

Some say happiness is the key to health and longevity. But recent research shows the elderly population of Virginia is below average when it came to quality of life.

An article from Health Canal explains the study, conducted at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, examined the results of surveys from 80,000 U.S. seniors collected as part of the National Health Interview Survey from 1997-2010. The results determined that the elderly in Virginia had lower quality of life scores, which resulted in a ranking of 34th in the nation when it came to quality of life for the elderly.

Experts attribute the low scores to higher rates of immobility and disability. Another factor that may play a role is nursing home abuse, considering reports show as many as one-third of nursing home residents are the victims of neglect and/or violence.

The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm say you can protect your loved one’s quality of life if they are living in a nursing home by:

  • Visiting Often- Rates of abuse and neglect are much lower amongst the elderly living in care facilities when family and friends are regularly present.
  • Ask Questions- Address any issues or concerns you may have about your loved ones care with those who are overseeing their treatment.
  • Report Anything Out of The Ordinary- The only way to stop abuse and neglect is to stand up to it by making the proper authorities aware of any behavior or policies that are believed to be against the law.