Friday, January 29, 2010

There Are Protocols........

There are professional protocols (and have been for years!) that are accepted by legal and medical professionals, social workers, courts, etc. in most of the Western Hemisphere which were created by [Rabbi] Bennett Blum, MD (co-author of "suicide by cop").

Dr. Blum's work pertains specifically to undue influence, diminished capacity, when to call a psychiatrist for professional evaluation, understanding the medical criteria, what infirmities (physical, mental, nutritional) lead to diminishing capacity, explanation of medical terms, types of dementia, warning signs, etc, in my book.

In the afterword of 2nd edition of my book, Dr. Blum generously added his brilliant, easy to understand, pioneering work (see above) through the use of his acronyms, "IDEAL" &"PARADISE 2" simplify complex issues so that a layman can easily apply and document his protocols through use of his work sheets which are contained in my book.

My book also provides lists of the components of dysfunctional families, et al. such as substance abuse, personality attributes (in abuser and victim) and issues, etc, the early warning signs that the elderly are "at risk", what behaviors are early red flags, etc.

Paradise Costs-A Victim's Daughter Fights Back against Elder Abuse was invited and is now part of the largest government data base for scholarly, academic and professional information on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation at the U of Delaware. See:

Irene A. Masiello
Author: Paradise Costs- A Victim's Daughter Fights Back Against Elder Abuse
Afterword by: Bennett Blum, M.D.

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