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Comments for: Official: 85 percent of elders abused in Maine never report it

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  • Andre Linoge

    because most dont remember 20 secs ago

  • Ben Hutchins

    That may be the oddest graphic I’ve ever seen in this paper. It’s sort of a pop-art spy film poster, except that for no obvious reason the target is using a walker (which would, one imagines, not be the hardest assignment that spy has ever received).

  • Andre Linoge

    does god exist?

    • Davida Willette

      does he?

    • Ben Hutchins

      No, but I’m not sure how that’s germane to this article.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because you can’t go against the Mastah know as the FEDGOV.

  • He said the verdict — for which Purcell will be sentenced early next year — would put a chill into anyone else who opts to control the finances of an elderly loved one.

    Not at all. Please don’t project your client’s inability to tell the difference between right and wrong on the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      There are stricter laws on the books for animal abuse then there are for elder abuse. The care for the elderly is seen as an inconvience. Most today do not want or care to take care of an elderly person so they pass them on to someone else. Which is better then keeping and abusing them. Its a big job taking care of someone and there are to few programs for helping the care givers.

      • Well…to be honest, it is an inconvenience, especially when the dependence is complete. Though so is having a job, raising children and paying taxes, etc. It’s not on the books and never will be, but it’s a pact most understand and take seriously. Parents take care of their kids, kids take care of their parents. That’s the deal.

    • Anonymous

      He forgot to utter the closing thought, which gives the sentence an entirely different meaning: He said the verdict — for which Purcell will be sentenced early next year — would put a chill into anyone else who opts to control the finances of an elderly loved one, and then proceed to rob them blind.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just Maine. Elder abuse goes unreported for many reasons – one of which sets up circumstances where the elder is abused at a greater level for reporting (whether by themselves, executors, caretakers, POA’s). They experience guilt, think they’re helping a child, don’t understand their risk, and don’t know how/want to access or admit they need help without losing the “love” of their child(ren). It’s heartbreaking.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like any other abuse case. I wouldn’t be surpried if abuse to others is ranked highly unreported.

  • Anonymous

    Talk about exploiting the elderly, how dare the government try to wheedle further in then they already are. They just want to take control of everyones money so they can steal. This is just another political excuse to further push New World Order and become a communist country.
    This doesn’t put a chill in anyone who takes care of their parents, if they are honest. It chills the government that they haven’t been able to take away everyones money and therefore choices and freedom.
    This evil daughter should stay in prison until she pays back her mothers account and bills.

    • Ben Hutchins

      “This is just another political excuse to further push New World Order and become a communist country.”

      Wow. I’ve seen some reaches in my time, but that one must’ve nearly dislocated your metaphorical shoulder.

      • Anonymous

        Your either young or live in denial or your not paying attention or your riding the gravy train, which makes you part of the problem.

        • Ben Hutchins

          Or you’re paranoid to an extent that’s only comical and not sinister because you’re not physically near me. Ockham’s razor suggests that’s the most likely explanation.

  • Danny Boyd

    Why exactly does EVERY article make the thief out to be sooooooo poor she has to steal from her mother? When the fact is … her husband works in the mill and brings down in excess of $40,000 a year!!

  • Davida Willette

    this is so true for some reason younger people dont like older people. they push them a side ignore them always a excuse on why they cant do. they would rather put a old person in a group home assisted living or nursing home. an older person i agree gets treated like krap then tried to be swepted under the rug what a timely article . old people get treated like krap

  • Anonymous

    Well I don’t have to worry about family abuse as I have no kids. But I can tell you if anyone does anything to me, I will do anything that is possible to report them to authorities, even if I have to get out with my walker and hitchhike to get to the authorities. Even when afraid older people have to at least be stubborn about how they are treated. Not telling has not helped them yet. I remember the case of person thrown out of a nursing home because the son had not been paying the bills but used up his mother’s money.

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