January 29, 2007

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE RESPIRATOR:

Elderly most at risk of theft by own children (Sarah Womack, 30/01/2007, Daily Telegraph)

Greedy middle-aged sons and daughters are the people most likely to rob their parents of money, valuables and even their homes, according to a report today.

The findings, published by Action on Elder Abuse, are based on a study of calls to the charity's helpline last year.

They show that far from the family being a haven for the elderly, many pensioners are victims of their close relatives' avarice and psychological cruelty. They are regarded as easy targets if they have disabilities or suffer dementia.


What makes euthanasia personal issue isn't the desire to control when one dies but to control when one can whack a dependent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 10:32 PM
Comments

Honor thy father and thy mother that thou mayest have long life in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee.

See how it works?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 30, 2007 11:30 AM

I recently lost a parent to end stage dementia and that experience leads me to very much doubt that theft by middle aged children is as much a threat as this article indicates. The elderly may seem very clear and coherent, but they can tell outrageous and completely false tales of being neglected, cheated and robbed by their children to anyone who would listen.

It was a nightmare that last for more than ten years and had we not had legalities in place long before the end, the nightmare would have continued post mortem.

Posted by: erp at January 30, 2007 11:31 AM

All you have to do is read the numbers to see that this is article is overblowing the problem. It refers to a total of 31 houses "taken" "without full knowledge".

Posted by: Brandon at January 30, 2007 11:35 AM

So, let's see, we should ignore their stories of abuse but whack them if they flinch.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2007 11:40 AM

Take the horror stories from whence they come. For every middle aged child who is trying to bilk their parents, there are thousands, maybe even millions, who have given and given and for their efforts are looked at askance as abusers.

Posted by: erp at January 30, 2007 4:47 PM
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