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Ceremony in Youngstown focuses on abuse of elderly

Published: Sat, June 16, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.




Krishmu Shipmon, administrator for the Mahoning County Job and Family Services’ Adult Protective Services Division, has been raising awareness about elder abuse since the agency began recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in 2006.

The sixth-largest population of Ohioans 65 and older lives in Mahoning County. Shipmon said issues affecting the elderly and events like this teach the wider community.

“If we talk about it, if we put it on the forefront, someone will think about it,” she said.

Francine Vasquez, income maintenance aide with Adult Protection Services, helped with Friday’s event at Oakhill Renaissance Place on Oak Hill Avenue and the previous six because she likes helping people.

“The more I learn, the more I can help others to learn. And then they can help others and on and on,” she said.

Vasquez said elderly people’s issues aren’t felt by the younger population because they don’t see them. They don’t live the same lives as elderly people who feel the issues every day.

That’s why state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, showed up on Friday. He said people know about child abuse and animal abuse, but they need to be reminded about elder abuse.

“This is an issue, and it’s something that needs to be addressed every day, not just on this day,” Schiavoni said.

Shipmon said even the young should pay attention to the neglect, abuse and exploitation of the elderly because everyone grows old if they’re lucky enough.

“They [the elderly] are the backbone of our society. They led the way for us,” Shipmon said.

The NewsOutlet is a joint media venture by student and professional journalists and is a collaboration of Youngstown State University, WYSU Radio and The Vindicator.


1southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

A sad commentary on our society...

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2ElaineRenoire(6 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Here's a big financial abuser of the elderly thriving under the radar –

Unlawful and abusive adult guardianships and conservatorships are harming families and pauperizing vulnerable, disabled, and elderly people all over this country.

Guardianship law is designed to "guard", "conserve", and "protect" incompetent people and the public. Over the years, the laws have been misused, misapplied, or manipulated to unjustly enrich court-appointed fiduciaries at the expense of and to the detriment of the very people the courts have assigned them to protect.

Who pays the price? Every taxpayer picks up the Medicaid tab when wards are pauperized into indigence under the guise of "protection."

Guardianship abuse IS elder abuse!

JOIN the national movement for reform. Join NASGA!

Elaine Renoire

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3webad(156 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Abusive guardianship harming the elderly is the larger concern of course. However, one or more of a parent's grown children, other than the guardian sibling, are harmed by extension. While the appointed guardian child pilfers from the living parent's estate, one or more of his/her siblings are left without their rightful share of property and money when the parent dies. All of these shenanigans can be neatly legally packaged by one child with legal know-how.

In addition, legally sophisticated wealthier children realize that they could be responsible for a parent's unpaid nursing home bills. This encourages them to convince the parent, sometimes using undue influence, to sign over property to one sibling, 5 years prior to nursing home entry, in order to qualify the parent for Medicaid and thus escape financial obligation.

Thirty states, including Ohio, currently have filial responsibility laws. These laws make adult children responsible if their parents can't afford to take care of themselves. While such laws are rarely enforced, there has been speculation that states may begin dusting them off as a way to save on Medicaid expenses.

21 states allow a civil court action to obtain financial support or cost recovery, 12 states impose criminal penalties on children who do not support their parents, and three states allow both civil and criminal actions.

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