Thursday, January 31, 2008

Elder Abuse Cases On the Rise

Iowa,USA The victims' families are often left to pick up the pieces. Many also tell horror stories about the difficulties of navigating the state system as they search for help. Now, at least two state agencies hope the legislature will create more resources to aggressively tackle the problem.

We don't hear about the stories very often in the press, because many families of victims are afraid they'll be sued for slander. Today, the brother-in-law of a 92-year-old victim spoke up- but without naming any names.

The story starts three years ago, when Gerald Harvey says his 92-year-old sister-in-law, who suffers from Alzheimer's, turned into prey...

"Where do you turn to? We've talked to someone in the state offices. They just say, 'That's too bad, but what do you do about it?'"

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1 comment:

Tabitha said...

It's such a sad state of affairs when we can't trust anyone. I'm writing about Suzanne Mintz was on NPR's Fresh Air, and she discussed the need for Home Care workers to be paid well, have benefits and such - and that might help curb this kind of behavior.

Thank you for keeping your readers abreast on current events! People like you help shed light in these dark corners.

Tabitha