In the wake of a career that spanned more than 300 films, Mickey Rooney's most important role may have occurred in 2011 when he testified in front of Congress to help draw awareness to the crimes related to elder abuse. At the time, it was estimated that elder abuse cost Americans nearly $3 billion a year, but that number appears to be quite a bit higher.
A recent IBN article, titled "Mickey Rooney's Elder Dispute May Help Protect Millions," notes that elder abuse is a category of negligence that is related to a variety of types of abuse.
The types include physical, financial, emotional, neglect, and sexual abuse. There are really no accurate statistics because of the inability to report by many victims and a general reluctance or concern for the abuser. According to the article, the vast majority of abusers are likely family members or other caregivers. Some agencies believe that only one in 15 cases is reported, and others, such as those in southern Florida, say the numbers are much more drastic.
What can you do?
If you or your loved one suspects some type of elder abuse, contact an attorney who specializes in this area of legal representation. An elder law attorney can listen to all of your information and decide the best course of action, making sure that the senior's care and well-being are the highest priority.
Elder abuse is a growing concern in America. Don't let someone you love (including yourself!) become a statistic. Speak to an elder law attorney today.
Reference: IBN (April 08, 2014) "Mickey Rooney's Elder Dispute May Help Protect Millions"