Despite five years of abuse by the very system set up to protect her rights, Lillie was still patriotic and hopeful. She
You've probably heard of a durable power of attorney (DPA), which is a simple, easy legal tool to help you with financial assistance if you need it. However, the DPA is just as easy for people to obtain and misuse.
Anyone who's ever been asked to step in and manage their parents' or someone else's personal finances can tell you that it's an awesome responsibility -- and by "awesome," I don't mean "totally cool." It's more like "inspiring an overwhelming feeling of fear."
Hating is a heavy weight to carry around, all day, every day, as is fear, as is self-recrimination. They cloud everything, even to the point of watering down even the best experiences in your life so that the joy those experiences should bring become not much more than mediocre, and that's no way to live.
When do we draw the line between someone's right to make a decision -- bad or not -- and someone's ability to comprehend the long-range consequences of that decision?
Our world is facing the largest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next in history, putting into harm's way more than 500 million Baby Boomers as we march headlong into old age ourselves -- not to mention our adult children and our already-aged parents.
Elder exploitation is among the safest and most lucrative criminal enterprises in the world, being the least reported and least prosecuted of all crimes.