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The Solution to Elder Abuse

Ever looked for your glasses only to find them perched up on your head?

After years and years of seeking solutions to elder abuse, I recently realized it was there all along. The solution to elder abuse was standing there right in front of me. And his name was Harry.

When we met, Harry was 87. He was fiercely independent, resilient and relentless in his drive to improve his own life and the lives of others. He knew personally the pain and harm of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Harry found his way out of the abuse with the help of volunteers from the non profit, Ageless Alliance.

After Harry was out of danger, he became a tireless volunteer for Ageless Alliance. As a volunteer he spoke in schools about serving as a Green Beret and about elder justice. Harry created the organization’s collateral materials using his proficiency in calligraphy. Harry offered to be a spokesperson for the cause and made the 45 second video below. As you can see, his life was filled with substance, meaning and value.

See the glasses on our head? The solution to elder abuse is Harry. The solution to elder abuse is Harry, and Jane, and Norma and Tom and YOU. The solution to elder abuse is all of us willing to use what we have towards the cause. Working together we can…

Click on the image below to see Harry’s powerful video.

-Kerry Burnight, PhD

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