Opportunities to Learn From Experts, Victims, and Families of Victims
Opportunities to Learn From Experts, Victims, and Families of Victims
The Vile Business of Corrupt Guardianship
by Joe Roubicek
A forty page expose’ of present-day corruption within the guardianship industry, that focuses on isolation, medication and disposing of the elderly for their estates.
This is a concise, thought-provoking piece authored by a seasoned investigator of financial exploitation of the elderly crimes.
A Detective’s Case Files on Exploitation Crimes
by Joe Roubicek
The author is a Florida detective recognized as an expert investigator of exploitation crimes who presents 11 shocking and factual investigations. He dispels the myths of this misunderstood crime while providing specific and practical prevention advice….
How to recognize exploitation, expose exploiters and help them to incriminate themselves….
Easy legal steps to take to prevent someone from emptying an elder’s bank accounts if they should lose mental capacity…How to protect yourself while you still can.
A True Story
by Officer John Caravella (retired)
What Adele Fraulen might have thought to be nothing more than a meaningless bad dream one night in 1935 would actually come true. At age 79 she would find herself living a nightmare — a struggle for her life, simply because she innocently trusted the wrong professionals to help with her portion of a Million Dollar inheritance; they would steal her very existence. Her neighbors, Chris and Patricia Zurillo, would realize that Adele’s life was going terribly wrong and dedicate themselves to freeing her from captivity. “Marked For Destruction” is a rare book that exposes an ever-expanding crime against our elderly.
Don’t miss this opportunity! In an attempt to reach and help as many people as possible with the true story of Adele’s victimization of elderly abuse and fraud, it has been decided to give a free download copy of the book to anyone who clicks the button below.
On behalf of Adele’s friends, Chris and Patricia Zurillo, whose photo is displayed on the site and linked to this posting, it is felt that the importance and timeliness of this story warrants making it as available as possible.
A Failure of Trust
by T. S. Laham
Diablo Valley College Professor Martha T. S. Laham has released a new book on the hidden epidemic of elder abuse in aging America. The book also offers helpful information and practical guidance on advance planning to help people prepare for their future and the future of their loved ones.
Laham discusses the myths and realities of aging in her book. “Many older adults lead happy, healthy, and independent lives. However those who do not must rely on others for care and assistance. As a population, the dependent elderly are at a greater risk of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation,” she remarks.
To combat elder abuse, Laham stresses the critical importance of raising public awareness within the community. She says, “Winning the war against elder mistreatment is everyone’s responsibility. As a nation, we should make this ugly social problem a top priority.”
Surviving the Legal Guardianship Swamp
by Leonie Rosenstiel
Léonie, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, struggles with an implacable, court-appointed guardian against the backdrop of centuries-old family myths and miscommunication.
Mama wants their story told but the courts demand that secrecy enshroud all guardianship records–forever.
After years of struggle and Kafkaesque frustration, and with the help of a brilliant, unconventional attorney, Léonie goes to war with the establishment in an attempt to help others find their way through the swamp of legal guardianship.
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Avoiding the Traps of CONservatorship
by Romanus C. Castro
Sgt. David finds himself at the mercy of his psychotic ex-wife Sybil. Suffering a traumatic brain injury and trapped in a body that he no longer knows as his own, he tries to battle back only to realize that not only is he physically compromised, but also his mental capacity has failed to the point that he cannot fight the enemy on his own.
Coming to grips with his new normal, he enlisted the help of family, friends and strangers. You will read the account of an elderly woman, Rose, who was essentially kidnapped and taken away by those who were entrusted to help her, and lock away from her loving husband and preyed upon by the very system that was designed to assist the elderly in their time of need.
Or the account of a lonely man with diminished capacity and estranged from his family but looking for companionship, only to have a new “relationship” revealed to be a well thought out scam unique for the cunning and deception employed to plunder an unsuspecting persons estate.
These are the stories of innocent people ill prepared to deal with traps laid to ensnare them and with few answers available that could help them out of the maze of deception.
This book will help you navigate the land mines and roadblocks that we had to face from vultures perched to feast on the bodies of those who cannot defend themselves. You will find out the real fight is ultimately for freedom. Freedom to vote, freedom to marry, freedom to eat what you want (or don’t want) and most of all freedom to choose your own destiny from this nightmare called CONSERVATORSHIP.
With the help of the book, you will become the VICTOR, not a victim.
by Joy Loverde
For those who have no support system in place, the thought of aging without help can be a frightening, isolating prospect. Whether you have friends and family ready and able to help you or not, growing old does not have to be an inevitable decline into helplessness. It is possible to maintain a good quality of life in your later years, but having a plan is essential. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? equips readers with everything they need to prepare on their own:
Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? goes way beyond estate planning to help readers prepare for all the changes in store. Readers are empowered to make proactive plans for their own lives rather than entrusting decisions to family and community.
A Tale of Torture and Murder in Guardianship
by Teresa Lyles
This is a true story of the horrors in Guardianship Court where Teresa Lyles, PhD lost her mother to an abusive system and several abusive “guardians” who allowed her precious Cuban mother to be drugged, isolated, tortured, forced to live in a locked down facility, where she eventually died, after being forced into a guardianship she did not want and did not authorize.
She wanted to live in her own home or with her Protective Daughter, Teresa. Ms. Lyles discusses her early family life, how much she was loved, and how much she wanted to love her mother and care for her in her own home.
But that was not to be, for her mother was put through the horrors of an abusive Guardian and Guardianship court and a maze of uncaring Judges and Lawyers who simply were in it for the money billing at hundreds of dollars per hour.
The Guardians also just wanted the money and all complaints of abuse, chemical restraints, and where Mother wanted to live, were always ignored.
How Judges and Lawyers Steal Your Money
by M. Larsen
Crooked cops harass family members into silence, while the very attorneys you hired won’t help for fear of losing their licenses. These are the people who may one day control your loved one’s health care, living arrangements, finances, and very life.
by Deidre D. Gilbert
Momma Help Me Please is one woman’s story of how love and perseverance kept her daughter with C.H.A.R.G.E. Syndrome alive for 22 years and the tragedy that stole her away one unfortunate Valentine’s Day.
This incredible book is full of miraculous miracles embedded in a dream that one day Deirdre D. Gilbert’s daughter would live a “whole” life. Her courage and incredible faith in God, kept her fighting for her daughter’s right to breathe. As Jocelyn neared the fulfillment of her mother’s wish, an unimaginable twist in her story brings a mysterious end to her battle for life.
This “Momma’s baby” left an undeniable impression on everyone she met and reading their love story will literally leave you … breathless.
How to Survive Taking Care of Elder Parents
by Jacqueline Marcel
“Elder Rage” includes answers to difficult caregiving questions such as how to get obstinate elders to: accept cleaning and caregiving help, see a different doctor, give up driving, attend adult day care, eat, take medication, sleep and bathe properly, move to a new residence, and much more. Also an extensive Q&A section, valuable resources and recommended reading. The extensive addendum by renowned neurologist/dementia specialist, Rodman Shankle, MS MD: A Physician’s Guide to Treating Dementia, helped make “Elder Rage” required reading at numerous universities for courses in geriatric assessment and management. It is also considered for a film.
“Elder Rage” is endorsed by: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Steve Allen, Ed Asner, Jacqueline Bisset, Dr. Harold Bloomfield, John Bradshaw, Pam Dawber, Fred de Cordova, Phyllis Diller, Duke University Center for Aging, Jerry Dunphy, Ken Dychtwald, Dr. Dean Edell, Betty Friedan, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. John Gray, Mark Victor Hansen, Julie Harris, Senator Tom Hayden, Institute for Successful Aging, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Dr. Irene Kassorla, Janet Leigh, Art Linkletter, Ed McMahon, Hayley Mills, Jane Powell, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Nancy Snyderman/ABC News, Robert Stack, Dr. Eric Tangalos/Mayo Clinic, Dr. Rudy Tanzi/Harward Medical School, and the National Adult Day
The final key was getting herself into a support group and getting her parents out of bed (“waiting to die”) and enrolled in physical and emotional therapies at an Adult Day Health Care, which completely turned their lives around at 80 and 85. Marcell adds, “75% of dementia patients are cared for at home and sadly elder abuse is rising dramatically because families are unprepared for the frustrations. She believes that with education and the use of Adult Day Care, elder abuse can be reduced. The National Center on Elder Abuse published a very favorable review of Elder Rage in their national newsletter.
Marcell emphasizes, “Dementia costs American business multi-billions of dollars a year–largely due to lost productivity from absenteeism of employees who must take time off to care for ailing loved ones. Everyone should know the ten early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and the importance of getting the right help sooner than later.” Marcell says she learned caregiving the hard way which is why she wrote her first book, “so that no one would ever have to go through what I did.” Determined to make a difference, Marcell says her ultimate goal is to help change our eldercare laws.” She laughs, “I have an ulterior motive–I don’t have children, so I’ve got to help straighten things out before I get there!
by Stephanie Siddall Germack
The pitfalls of involuntary guardianship can cost you: your civil rights, your life savings, your right to live where and how you wish, yours or your children’s inheritance and your familial relationships.
You will learn: how to prepare yourself from becoming a target, the tricks, manipulations and strategies used to prematurely institutionalize, and how to help change and improve probate court involuntary guardianship laws. The article, “Rampant Elder Abuse and Fraud in Adult Guardianship” quoted Money Magazine, “Guardianship is all about money . . . the laws (that every state in the nation has passed to control the conduction of a guardianship) are universally ignored . . . if you or a well meaning relative try to fight this system, the court allows the guardian to use your money (the ward’s money) to fight you (the ward)”.
A Cautionary Tale
by John Howard Wyman
A cautionary tale of elder abuse and the system that perpetuates it. Two years ago John Wyman’s mother Carol walked out of a nursing home in Rockford, Illinois. She had been placed there for the convenience of others, not for her own well-being and had suffered mentally, physically and emotionally.
When she ended up at John’s home outside of Aspen, Colorado his journey began. Hairdresser by trade, rebel at heart, John took on the challenges of dealing with nursing homes, courts and family members to provide the best possible situation for his mother.
What he experienced woke him up to the inequities and injustices lurking in the systems which have been established to help our older population. He decided to share his story to make us all aware of the catastrophic possibilities that lie in wait if we don’t take action to change these systems. A must read for all who may become old.
by Nancy Richmond
Saving Susie is an elder abuse horror story written by NASGA member Nancy Richmond.
The book can be read online.