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.
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
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