Mickey Rooney Testified about Elder Abuse
People Magazine Reports— “Mickey Rooney told a Senate hearing of a real-life drama involving elder abuse, and he spoke from his own personal case history.”
“I felt trapped, scared , used and frustrated,” Rooney testified. He also said he and his (ninth) wife Jan were made to go hungry, he had medicine withheld from him and that his Oscar was even sold off. “But above all, when a man feels helpless, it’s terrible,” said the screen legend.
Sen. Herb Kohl, (D-Wis.), who chairs the Special Senate Committee on Aging, considers the nation’s elderly particularly vulnerable given their fragile state and the fact that those abusing them rarely fall under scrutiny. According to The Washington Post.
The American Psychological Association says an estimated 2.1 million older Americans annually become victims to physical, psychological, sexual, financial, or other forms of abuse and neglect.
If you know someone who is suffering abuse by a relative or other care-giver, you must report it. You may be the only one to step forward and take action. Call a special hotline listed in most phone books under “Adult protective Services”
You can also report abuse to your family physician, a friend, a family member or someone you trust to help. You might also call: Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 –They will refer you to a phone number in your local area
For Descriptions of Abuse and Signs to look for you might want to read this Article as well: