Mrs. Astor And Elder Abuse
July 28th, 2006

In an editorial inspired by the allegations that 104-year-old philanthropist Brooke Astor “has been suffering from deprivation and elder abuse,” the New York Times focuses on “the increasing case of physical, emotional or financial abuse” of the elderly. The editorial suggests that state governments should “ensure that court-appointed guardians are more than just another raft of patronage appointments,” and urges Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act.

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8 Responses to “Mrs. Astor And Elder Abuse”

  1. Phil McNulty Says:
    August 1st, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    More worrying than the widespread abuse of elderly people- physically, emotionally and financially- is the incapacity of care agencies and public servants to do anything about it even when specific examples come to light. There is a blanket disinterest in the UK. Abuse is deeply pernicious. Abusers by their nature are manipulative and deceitful. We need ways of objectively scrutinising reports of abuse. Those with a professional, and certainly a legal background who choose to abuse elderly relatives are the most destructive due to their arrogance and plausibility.We have direct experience of struggling to combat abuse in the family.

  2. Jack Halpern Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    Elder abuse is a blight on our society.

    Jack Halpern, CEO
    My Elder Advocate

  3. Jon Harrison Says:
    April 18th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Elder Abuse is a growing global problem. It is under-reported and difficult to detect; esp. if the perpetrators are family members.
    Came across a terrible case (I think, in Australia)
    Apparently, one of the abuser is working in the mental health sector. Just like child abuse many years ago. The public shied away from tackling the problem.
    With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day approaching (15 June) Let us do our bit to publicise the problem. Perhaps our law makers in every country will do something to stop those abuses.

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