At one time Mickey Rooney was a famous movie star, singing and dancing with Judy Garland. He passed away in 2014, but before he did, he was the victim of something all-too-common among aging people.
Here, he speaks about it candidly. I'd like to think he regained some of the dignity that was taken from him with every word he said in this public hearing. No matter how someone lives their life, no one deserves to be taken advantage of when they are at their most vulnerable.
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- Emotional or Psychological
- Financial or Material Exploitation
Mickey Rooney: What other people see as generosity may in reality be the exploitation, manipulation, and, sadly, emotional blackmail of elders and people are who vulnerable. I know it because I happen to, I, myself, I happen to be the one. My money was taken, was used, what finances I had. When I asked for information I was told that I couldn't have any information of my own. "What the hell were you talking about?" I was told it was none of my business and that I wasn't… it's none of my business and when you're told that you leave… you're left to leave powerless.
In my case, I was eventually and completely stripped of the ability to make even the most basic decisions. Where do we go or what do we do? Decisions that everyone likes to make. Over the course of time, my daily life became, my daily life became unbearable.
To those seniors, and especially elderly veterans; army, navy, marine, like you veterans like myself, I want to tell you this, "You're not alone and you have nothing, nothing, ladies and gentlemen, to be ashamed of. You deserve, yes, you deserve better."
You all have the right to control your own life, everyone does. You have the right to control your life and be happy. Please, for yourself and the cycle of abuse and do not allow yourself to be silenced anymore.