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Official says elder abuse cases are being investigated

Original post made on Mar 20, 2009

The head of Aging and Adult Services takes issue with a report made last week by a Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury that claimed that, as of January, the county had stopped providing services to protect elderly residents from financial abuse.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 19, 2009, 5:23 PM

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Posted by Elaine Renoire
a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

If the county is protecting elders from financial abuse, then it needs to concentrate on the biggest financial abuser of all: unlawful and abusive guardianships. Vulnerable people are being pauperized all over this country but the kicker is, the abuse is court sanctioned.

The result? Because guardianship wards are stripped of all their rights, they don't even have the right to complain. Convicted criminals have more rights than guardianship wards!

For more information, visit NASGA at and Web Link.

Forewarned is forearmed!

Elaine Renoire

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Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:11 am

Ralph Hoffmann is a registered user.

The biggest financial abuser of all is government, regardless of the age of the abused. Try to get government to admit that!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

We have cadre of "elders" out here that have time, interest and a lifetime of experiences in financial matters that can provide assistance and direction to those in need.

The County agency can "certify & deputize" volunteers that meet certain standards, pass background checks & interviews to provide a vast group of qualified volunteers to help those in need.

Unfortunately, just like those that may want to assist children's activities, many seniors are reluctant "to get involved" for fear of being accused of some ulterior motive.

For every one elder abuse reported in the media there are literally dozens that families are too embarrassed to reveal.

With public resources dwindling and little interest being shown by the government, we still need to protect the vulnerable.

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