We Are Family – When Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hits Home

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition recommends reading the following article on elder abuse and the American family.  The author tells a true story of abuse and neglect, and concludes by recommending that there must be better collaboration between local agencies to solve cases like this one.

From the article:

“In October 2005, police were dispatched to my grandparent’s home following a dispute between my parents and my uncle.  My uncle, my grandparents’ unemployed adult son who was living in the home, became infuriated when my parents arrived for an unscheduled visit and he refused to let them in.  Hearing the commotion, my grandmother appeared and insisted that my parents stay, which further exacerbated my uncle’s anger.  In an effort to keep my grandmother inside, there was a scuffle: several glass panes of a door were broken, and my grandmother and my mother sustained cuts.  My father called the police…”

To see the rest of the story, click here to download the article!

What you can do:

  • If you suspect elder abuse – report it.  In Michigan, please call 1-855-444-3911.  If you or someone you know is a victim of fraud or a financial scam, call your local law enforcement agency.
  • Schedule a presentation for your community or group about elder abuse. The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition has a variety of professionals who are willing to make such a presentation.  Contact them at info@protectkentseniors.org.