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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Quoted: Mickey Rooney on elder abuse

By The Reliable Source

Mickey Rooney testified on Capitol Hill, 2011. (AP/Alex Brandon)

"You can be in control of your life one minute and in the next minute, you have absolutely no control."

-- Mickey Rooney testifying before the Special Senate Committee on Aging Wednesday about elder abuse. The movie legend, 90, last month got a restraining order against his stepson, whom he claims withheld food and medicine from him and meddled in his finances.

By The Reliable Source  | March 3, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
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Our nation's dirty secret, ELDER ABUSE is thriving. Entire industries survive by churning elder’s estates. Their goal is billable hours, not resolution. Some charge $750 for 15 minutes. The scariest part is realizing there is nothing to prevent the same abuse from happening to myself, someday.

Intruders kick the front door, the engaged deadbolt splits the door frame. Neighbors call 911. Law enforcement arrives. The intruders agree to compensate the landlord $250 to repair their 'accidental' damage. Officers conclude that "nothing out of the ordinary happened" & "no crime was committed."

The elder is taken out of her home by the intruders to a senior apartment. The elder is now completely isolated & dependent on the intruders. They call the young unemployed granddaughter of the deceased husband, who hasn't seen the victim, since the funeral years earlier.

The trio transfer $1.0 Million in cash from the elder’s long standing accounts to new accounts with themselves as joint owners & beneficiaries. They prepare new Trust documents that are radically different from & supersede the previous long standing carefully thought out financial planning documents.

The trio informs the elder that there is no money & she must move. Using the new Trust documents, the elder is place at an assisted living facility with instructions that there are to be no visitors, no phone calls, & no mail. Upon the daughter’s arrival, the facility calls law enforcement reporting daughter as an unwanted person. Law enforcement informs the daughter if she returns, she will be arrested for trespassing.

Daughter hires an attorney specializing in elder law, who quickly gets the case into Court system. The attorney then hires his associates to provide duplicate service including individualized 12-hour/day care because the facility isn't meeting the elder's basic needs such as feeding, bathing, cleaning, changing. Despite all this 'care', the elder is forced to sleep in street cloths in a recliner because the facility refused to accept pajamas from the daughter that the elder requested. Facility & care providers have the elder's mattress directly on the floor, making inaccessible because of arthritis. State licensing is more concerned that the photographer violated the elder's privacy by taking the photo, than the actual violation documented by the photo. Nine-months, tens of thousand of dollars in legal bills, a written court order allowing visitation, yet nothing has changed, because law enforcement continues to threaten the daughter with trespassing.

The elder has spent Thanksgiving, her 75th birthday, Christmas, New Years & will likely die alone isolated from family & friends.

Local law enforcement's policy of 'see no evil, hear no evil' keeps crime statistics low & allows them to enjoy longer breaks while providing protection to the criminals not our elders.

Posted by: icare_dou | March 5, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

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