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While Hollywood legend Mickey -- speaking out.
About elder abuse and a heartbreaking plea to lawmakers this past week.
In my case I -- eventually completely.
Script of the ability of making even the most.
-- -- Youkilis.
-- -- -- -- So powerful will be accurate claims -- -- step children abused him verbally.
Emotionally and financially joining us now is the chairman of the sixty plus association James Martin mr.
Thanks so much for being here if this says a horrible isolated tragedy or more commonplace and.
No unfortunately it's not isolated we we do we do senior citizens though this icon to a celebrity and real debt of gratitude.
But for every Mickey Rooney there could be ten million senior citizens suffering from.
He felt -- -- hate always say it's the it's being called a crime of the 21 century perhaps the crime is as it's been under reported.
And now most senior citizens are not famous actors that are capable of earning the type of songs that Mickey Rooney is what type of abuse is happening.
That everything from emotional and emotionally can be getting the silent treatment at home are being called names.
Being treated as a child it can be physical sexual abuse.
Financial abuse and and Mickey Rooney's case.
Senator Herb Kohl introduced wants to reintroduce the elder abuse victims act and establish the office of elder justice within.
The DOJ is that the answer.
First we applaud senator -- for holding this hearing and putting the spotlight on this huge huge problem.
But I don't think setting up another government bureaucracy is the answer.
There are already some five dozen laws on the books dealing with federal abuse.
Elder abuse if you will.
And so we're -- and enforce those laws I don't set up another bureaucracy.
Clearly there's a big problem out there but look every state has a Medicare fraud -- abuse unit.
States -- state attorney general's through.
I see the problem down the road quite frankly be an Obama care throughout dump millions more seniors and the Medicaid -- -- these states.
There already understaffed nursing -- here's another little known fact.
Most abuse occurs from the homes -- calls -- most -- -- how do we stop it.
Doing things like -- if I applaud Fox News for doing what you're doing because quite frankly after that compelling testimony about Mickey Rooney we turned -- other things.
You know today's news about the football league the millionaires vs the billionaires yes we're all interest and that -- here's a huge problem.
We do it by education.
We do it by public awareness that is.
Bring it bring it to -- to your doctor's attention and bring to a mental health workers attention that these if you have two out -- seniors out they've had called 911 if you can.
Great advice this morning James -- be sixty plus association.
We certainly hope that some elders who -- -- listening.
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