Elder Abuse

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Air Date: August 6, 2013

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Daniel Weber

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The Pew Research Center has reported that in January of 2011 the oldest Baby Boomers turned 65. Every day from that point on for the next 19 years, about 10,000 more Americans will be turning 65 each day. By 2030, when all Baby Boomers will have turned 65, 18% of the nation’s population will be at least that age. Further, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has reported that at least 10% of them will become victims of elder abuse.

Joining Jim to discuss this topic was Daniel Weber. Daniel is the founder of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens. He is a defender of free enterprise and is working to retain our private health care system and prevent the government from turning it into socialized medicine.

Elder Abuse can take many forms. The worst case scenario is physical abuse. In addition there’s psychological abuse, financial abuse and the most common form of abuse known as neglect.

It’s estimated that up to 10% of the elderly are suffering abuse of one kind or another. Unless it’s an outrageous example, these cases tend to go unreported because the news media likes to pay attention to that which is sensational. This makes elder abuse the “dirty little secret” of America.

Warning signs of elder abuse include frequent arguments between your loved one and the caregivers or perhaps you notice a personality change. Obvious physical signs like bruises or unexplained injuries can signal abuse as well as drug overdoses, broken eyeglasses or indications that your loved one has been restrained.

What makes an older adult prone to abuse? Who generally are the abusers? What can you do if you suspect elder abuse? How can you go about choosing a suitable nursing home? How can you protect elderly loved ones from telephone scams? What are the concerns regarding Obamacare as it relates to the elderly? Answers to these and other questions are yours when you review this important edition of Crosstalk.

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