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This is not a new phenomenon. The elderly have been abused and used by family members since the beginning of time. It is rare and unfortunate, but nothing new.
Witness the decline of American civilization. Whatcha gonna do about it?
"whatcha ya gonna do about it?" address the leading source: mitigate the radical elements/policies of the GOP, which have largely left those most vulnerable to fend for themselves, all the while taking more and more for themselves.
pinky1933:""whatcha ya gonna do about it?" address the leading source: mitigate the radical elements/policies of the GOP, which have largely left those most vulnerable to fend for themselves, all the while taking more and more for themselves."--Yes, with their insistence that everyone should take care of themselves or depend on relatives during their old age, the extreme right-wingers ignore the fact that more and more people are unable to save for retirement (not because they frittered it away, but because they didn't earn enough) and may have no close relatives who are really willing to take them in.
When we are first born, then we are the most weakest. And again, when we get old, then we again are weak and can get beaten or stolen from. That is a terrible situation but exactly what can we do? We are out of money for so many other issues that there will never be enough money to support or help 75 million baby boomers. I guess train the support staff is about the best we can do. And perhaps run commericals that show that the would be beaters see that they too will become old themselves. That might help some? I hope so.
The so-called adults of today won't even take care of or watch over their own children, foisting them into daycares as young 6 weeks old, so that they can continue to pursue their own self interests. The so-called adults of today are just continuing their own self absorbed behaviors in regards to the elderly people in their family. God forbid that these so-called adults just might have to do something for someone other than themselves. Why is this a surprise to anyone?
It is not young adults taking care of spry 60 somethings. It 60 year olds, preparing for our own retirement, dealing with our own health problems and trying to get our finances in order who are taking care of 80 and 90 year olds, often including parents, in laws and step parents.
Home care of the elderly is fine until they are incontinent and confused or have health issues that require 24x7 care. Then it becomes a strain on even the most loving and resourceful family.
While there is no excuse for elder abuse, making blanket statements about the character and maturity of people who are doing their best shows a dire lack of empathy for the challenges families face as our population ages.
That's ok, when I am old and out of money, I will just bleed the Gov't for medicade or medicare or both. Nobody cares anyhow.. 17 years from now. Tick Tock people..
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