Hi to all my readers. As you know the ongoing theme for my blog is “Let The Truth Unfurl”. Well it’s not always easy to let truth unfurl. Sometimes it’s allot easier to sugar coat and make a joke and just get through a difficult topic but I think in this blog you will agree getting right to the heart of the story might be the best road to take.
This week certainly had it’s twists and turns. What to write about for this weeks blog was top of mind. I decided to travel east over the next few days to see if I could conjure up some new inspiration for my latest blog so a good friend of mine picked me up from the condo and we drove 20 minutes east to Pickering. That was far enough for me.
Stop!!!!! Take me know further…. I’m starting to notice mullets and teeth are getting fewer and fewer. We landed in Pickering Sunday evening and had our first vintage popped before 9pm.
I know, I promised no sugar coating so here we go. I feel it’s really important to share something that means allot to me, elderly abuse. I’m not going to get into the details of what this week presented to me but I will say this, this kind of abuse happens more often than one might think.
What is abuse? What does it look like? That seemed to be the question I faced this week when I came across a friend that looked to fit the description.
(As elders become more physically frail, theyre less able to stand up to bullying and or fight back if attacked. They may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them. Mental or physical ailments may make them more trying companions for the people who live with them..
Tens of thousands of seniors across the United States and Canada are being abused: harmed in some substantial way often people who are directly responsible for their care. More than half a million reports of abuse against the elderly reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported. )
If you feel someone in your family or a friend who is elderly is being abused or neglected don’t be afraid to report it. There are hot lines, websites, anonymous call centers in your area and you can make a difference. Now believe it or not some people in authority whether through lack of training or whatever the excuse, may not support your report so if your complaint falls on deaf ears don’t take no for an answer. Keep fighting because they (the abused) can’t fight for themselves, in many cases.
This comment should appal you but when abuse was reported this week the officer actually said “Well she gets breakfast and tea. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of abuse to me.” as she lay in a hospital bed this week from neglect!
Don’t take no for an answer!
(credit: excerpts from this blog Helpguide.org)
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