December 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

It’s a shameful number and a shameful act: New Jersey finished 49th on a list of states ranked according to their elder-abuse protections, according to WalletHub, the personal finances website. Nevada was ranked No. 1. California came in at 51.

To determine the ratings, WalletHub’s analysts sifted through data and scored each state and the District of Columbia according to prevalence, resources, and protection and then determined the final scores using 11 weighted factors.

According to one estimate, more than 5 million instances of elder abuse occur each year, 96 percent of which go unreported.