The number of older, wealthier people is increasing and sadly, so is the number of elderly persons who are financially exploited. Despite the widespread nature of such abuse, many states still do not have specific laws criminalizing such behavior – thankfully Michigan is not one of them. Yet despite the growing recognition of financial exploitation, it is routinely overlooked and unreported which some attribute to the belief that it remains a family matter. A recent New York Times article, “Declaring War on Financial Abuse of Older People” details one woman’s efforts to become an activist after her grandmother was swindled out of her life savings. With states and the federal government trying to increase public awareness, hopefully we achieve greater protection for our most vulnerable – the elderly.
The health care debate has been in large part characterized by rhetoric and misinformation with little discussion on how the House’s American Health Care Act would actually impact states. The Congressional Budget Office – with its poor track record of analyzing proposed legislation – estimates that it would cut Medicaid spending by $800 million over […]
Nearly every week brings another diet, superfood, or some other advice to lose weight or feel 20 years younger. While some of these promotions may offer some good ideas, many do not and can leave people confused and frustrated. Furthermore, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious health issues seem to […]
An 84 year old man who had suffered a stroke was adamant upon being discharged from the hospital that he did not want anyone coming into his home and could take care of himself just fine. Unbeknownst to his daughter, the social worker cancelled his order for home help services and discharged him to his […]