It has been all over the news.. Mickey Rooney who accused his step-son of elder abuse stood in front of congress this week to talk about his experience.
“If elder abuse happened to me, Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anyone,” the 90-year-old actor said in testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Abuse can be neglect, physical harm or financial exploitation or all three.
Mr. Rooney said he spoke because “Please, for yourself, end the cycle of abuse and do not allow yourself to be silenced any longer,” he said.
A study by the Government Accountability Office released at the hearing estimated 14 percent of elderly Americans experienced some form of abuse in 2009.
So if you know of someone who is being abused what should you do or what can you do? I have posted some links to the best resources I could find on elder abuse on the web. Please watch out for it and report it. It shouldn’t have to happen at all.
National Center on Elder Abuse – www.ncea.aoa.gov
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, Click Here for state reporting numbers, or telephone the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.
Posted March 4, 2011