There's Actually a "World Elder Abuse Day" -- and AG Tom Horne is a Big Fan

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"World Elder Abuse Day" actually exists, but the title is  misleading -- it's not a day to beat up old people, it's a day to raise awareness of people who beat up old people.

Wednesday is the official day not to abuse old folks, and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is scheduled to kick off the occasion at an open house at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

"Elder abuse is particularly offensive. It affects some of the most vulnerable members of society," Horne says. "More than 3 million seniors in the U.S. experience some type of abuse every year. Unfortunately only one of six cases of elder abuse crimes comes to the attention of
authorities."

Horne apparently has set up a task force to help stop the senseless beatings of old people and deems it a great way to get the crucial geriatric vote in any upcoming election "vital part of the Attorney General's Office."

Old-people abuse, Horne says, can include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse, and abandonment. Much of the abuse, he says, goes unreported.

If you're interested in learning more about abused old people, the open house is scheduled for 8:30 AM-Noon at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central Avenue in Phoenix.
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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Since Mr. Horne isn't concerned with criminal prosecution of the MCSO shurf and/or the state senate president, I guess he has plenty of time to concern himself with this very valid issue of abuse of elders.

He seems to value the Sun City votes, just like the other goober...

wherewasi
wherewasi

I worked in a nursing home during my high school years.  I was very fond of most of out patients.  (We had a few that I could have lived without - granted - but the elderly that have dementia and other mental health issues get a "pass" as far as I'm concerned.)

One of the biggest abuses that I recall from those days (in the 1970's, but still around today...) is the lack of family involvement.  I swear we had patients at the home I worked at that were the sweetest, if not the most confused, people I've ever met in my life and their sons, daughters, grandchildren - etc... would come to visit on birthdays and Christmas.  Period.  It was so sad.

I remember going to the funeral of one of our patients who had finally succumbed to Alzheimers.  Her daughter told me "When Mom was in the hospital, she kept telling me that she wanted to go back to the little cottage by the railroad tracks."  Minnie had never lived in a house by the tracks, but the rail road track ran right outside her bedroom window at the nursing home and she used to wake up when the train went by and come out to the nurses station and we would give her cookies and milk at 2:00 a.m.

We are a sorry society that does not take care of our parents and grandparents.  They are the people that took care of us when we were not able to take care of ourselves.  Why do we scorn and discard them???

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

We get it. Don't know any elder that has been abused so is this the beginning of the next witch-hunt (for a vote and money). Since the elders are the only block of voters with money and who vote, while so many others have been disenfranchised, then that's the group to "go after". They never want to spend for education, swimming pools and community services. 

How about a "Fair Justice Day for Ordinary People who have been abused by the system" (which we all know is broken, filled with fraud, overpaid "public servants" and corruption)?

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