Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Elder Abuse, Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney's testimony about the elder abuse he has suffered may be news only to me -- since I don't see television I'm often behind. But I do read blogs and I just saw on the Sage's Play blog the information. She quotes: Rooney's emotional testimony put the issue of elder abuse on the national stage in a heartrending way. "For years I suffered silently. I didn't want to tell anybody. I couldn't muster the courage, and you have to have courage," Rooney said. "I needed help and I knew I needed it. Even when I tried to speak up, I was told to shut up and be quiet."

He told the committee, "My money was stolen from me, by someone close. My money was taken and misused. When I asked for information, I was told that I couldn't have any of my own information. I was literally left powerless." An April 5th court hearing will investigate charges Rooney is bringing against his stepson. The court filing claims that the stepson withheld food and medicine, acted intimidating and verbally abusive, and abused Rooney financially."

Rooney is 90 years old, he's a small man as we all know, but always seemed to have a lot of guts. But getting older, as they say, is not for wimps. And when there is money, there's temptation. I don't know about Rooney but a lot of actors preferred not to deal with money and had a manager. They never learned many financial basics, the successful ones always assume they'll have plenty of money.

Not many people think they will live to 90. Also many older women who always depended on their husbands' financial caretaking are very vulnerable to both financial and physical abuse. This is profoundly saddening but I am happy Rooney screwed up his courage and spoke out.

5 comments:

schmidleysscribblins said...

Today, I am reading in the Times about the older people who have found themselves in foreclosure over changes in the law regarding reverse mortgages. AARP is suing the government over these issues. I get on the computer and find all sorts of con scams in my inbox. Now I hear about elder abuse. When will it end. Never unless we keep vigilant. Thanks for bringing elder news to my attention. Dianne

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June -- I have known about elder abuse for twenty five years. I am glad to see Rooney opening this dungeon door. I think it is such a scary issue -- he mentions not telling anyone -- like the abused boys by priests -- only in this case physical, mental and financial abuse. I do hope that seniors realize that staying independent as long as they can is a way to avoid elder abuse. -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thank you Dianna and Barbara -- I've heard of elder abuse for quite sometime but it's very rare for the abused person to have nerve enough to speak up. As with all kinds of abuse, people feel embarrassed it happened to them, or afraid of reprisals.

Kass said...

...makes me want to crawl off to the top of a mountain as I age.
Temptation, greed, thoughtlessness...
Who is immune?

June Calender said...

Kass, I hope you can trust the people close to you. Of course, we all hope that, don't we?