Saturday, March 19, 2011

About Alzheimer's Disease: Mickey Rooney and Elder Abuse

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From Andrew Rosenzweig, MD, your Guide to Alzheimer's Disease
Riveting testimony by 90 year old Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney earlier this month to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging highlighted our country's growing elder abuse crisis. Since people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias are especially vulnerable, I thought it was time to devote another weekly newsletter to this emotional and tragic topic. A few compelling minutes of Rooney's testimony may be viewed here.

Six Types of Elder Abuse
Of the six most commonly described types of elder abuse, Rooney appears to have been a victim of several. His testimony included references to "exploitation, manipulation, and emotional blackmail... Read more

Elder Financial Abuse and Undue Influence
While Mickey Rooney's alleged financial losses at the hands of his eighth wife and stepson totalled $400,000, even small amounts may be equally devastating to elders ... Read more

Understanding Elder Abuse
As Rooney's case illustrates, unfortunately elder abuse is all too often a family affair... Read more

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Is it normal to lose your keys, or is it a symptom of Alzheimer's? Does a person exhibit different symptoms at different stages of the disease? While each person with Alzheimer's is unique, there are some trademark symptoms that occur as the disease progresses.


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