Danvers Herald Opinion | Massachusetts needs legislation to protect elders from exploitation, abuse

Elder abuse is a national epidemic, affecting elders of all economic strata (ie., socialite Brooke Astor, actor Peter Falk, DJ Casey Kasem) but the majority of victims do not have extreme wealth. They are your neighbors, parents and friends. Through undue influence and coercion, intimidation, isolation, and misrepresentation, these vulnerable elders can lose their civil rights, their homes and lifelong savings. They and their families are easy targets for medical, legal and finance professionals who work together with others to isolate an elder and gain control of their person and their assets, using questionable dementia or incapacity diagnoses in tandem with medications like antipsychotics and opioids to obtain and implement health care proxies, powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships…


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