This video is from Carolyn Crewey, a survivor of elder abuse from Houston Texas, and is part of the Elder Justice Now Campaign -- a national campaign to break the silence on elder abuse and pass the Elder Justice Act.
A victim of financial abuse, at 90 years old Carolyn lost her home, much of her furniture, and had her bank account compromised at the hands of a ‘good friend.’ Regarding her abuse, Carolyn states, “You don’t want to get close to another person again. You’re afraid of it.”
Carolyn is one of many elderly women affected by elder abuse. Reports from Adult Protective Services (APS) suggest that the “typical” victim of elder financial abuse is between the ages of 70 and 89, white, female, frail, and frequently cognitively impaired.
There is a silent crisis that affects every community in America: Elder abuse. Each year an estimated 5 million of America’s older adults are beaten, ignored or financially exploited. Yet, as a country, we remain silent about this growing crisis.
To begin to address this problem, Congress has an immediate opportunity to pass federal legislation that will provide a foundation from which we can begin to protect our country’s elders — the Elder Justice Act. But we cannot do this without your help. Please help us break the silence by adding your voice to the national campaign and urge Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act now!
Get Involved -> http://ElderJusticeNow.org