Cases of abuse in nursing homes are as prevalent in New Mexico as they are in the rest of the United States. The Department of Health has been proactive about the matter and has been taking an endless number of measures to address the problem of abuse in nursing homes and to prevent them. The Incident Management Bureau has a preventive attitude aimed at improving the quality of services that are available in nursing homes and community-based programs.
Americans are getting older as more baby boomers are reaching retirement. Right now, 12 percent of the United States' population is made up of older adults. However, by 2050 the number of older adults in the U.S. will officially outnumber the number of children in the country. As our population here in New Mexico ages, a rising number of healthcare issues can arise. In many cases, older adults need support from those around them in order to be as safe, healthy and happy as possible.