This video is from Jamie Ottesen of Windsor, California 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.
While in a care home for seniors, Jamie’s mother received third degree burns. Instead of seeking medical care, the staff threw her in a cold shower, contacting no one. Jamie shares, "One of the saddest tragedies about this abuse is that nothing never happen. The woman was completely found not guilty, there was no issues and she continued to run her care home".
Jamie's mother's tragedy is similar to many. According to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee of Congress discovered that 30% of the nursing homes in the country were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse between 1999 and 2001.
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!
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