None of us escape the ravages of time.
That said, our elder years should be a restful and satisfying chapter — not an exceptionally dangerous one.
Older adults are vulnerable; when independence ebbs, they need help. But sometimes, the ones who care for them are also their abuser.
And unlike children and animals, reporting and oversight into the treatment of older adults is scant.
At least 73,000 older adults in Michigan suffer at the hands of individuals entrusted to care for them, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. They are neglected, abused, stolen from, scammed.
We applaud Nessel’s office for taking on this often ignored issue.
People often call us when they feel like they can’t get justice, that no one is taking them seriously, that no one is hearing what they have to say.
We, too, are examining this and other issues in our “Taking Care” series. In recent days, we’ve looked at paying for assisted living and conditions and reporting in adult care homes, but there is much work to be done on this front.
Because aging is something we all endure, between death and taxes, from the moment we’re born.
It’s what our bodies and minds do best, but our society fails at.
Even if we’re not technically older adults yet, then it’s possible that the people who raised us, are.
They showed us how to tie our shoes and hold the door for strangers. They taught us the golden rule. They kept us safe.
We must do the same for them.