Monday, November 12, 2007

Archaic Laws Hamper Elder Abuse Prevention Efforts

The legal system, in every country around the world, have “archaic” laws that should be changed in order to protect the rights of citizens in our modern times.

So, why is that not seen to? Some may even argue: “The man/woman is old. At the ripe old age of 89 (or, whatever) what do you expect?” As one of my critics said, “Give it a rest!” Sure, in elder abuse cases that resulted in death - the victims, often were pushed into permanent rest, often before their time.

For those elder abuse victims who survived and "rescued" from their abusive situation; do they really get a rest from the damages done to their mental and emotional health. Not likely!

For those of us who are “fighting”for Elder Rights and Elder Abuse Prevention, often witness first-hand, how the law can often do more harm than good for its citizens.

Snail-pace legal system can actually hasten the demise of the elderly.

The unimaginable stress of legal proceedings on the older persons; while the tug-of-war goes on between family members and guardians, for instance. We need all the help we can get.

Get involved in our quest to make our society safer, more equitable and happier for our vulnerable elders.

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