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Friday, July 19, 2013

Flying to protect

Please read below. It is a project that means a lot to me. 

Jackson hasn’t been fed in many days. He sleeps on the floor in the basement. Sometimes he’s given a blanket; most of the time, he isn’t. He is often kicked, slapped, and left on his own for hours. He’s rarely bathed. He had bed sores that became so serious his leg had to be amputated at the hip. A few weeks later, Jackson died from complications. No, Jackson is not an animal. Jackson is an 85-year-old man. Jackson lived well and raised a family. But he became incapacitated and the court appointed his son to be his guardian. Rather than take care of Jackson, his son exploited him financially, and physically abused and neglected him. And stories such as Jackson’s abound in every community and some of it horrific. This is a silent epidemic.

You should contribute to help protect the vulnerable. Donate your money to make their plight known, and to find ways to protect them. Incapacity is a growing concern and it is poised to reverberate through our communities over the next century.

-- Of Americans aged 65 or over, 1 in 8 have some form of dementia, sometimes slowly, like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s; sometimes fast, like a stroke.
-- 5.4 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and by 2050, 16 million people will be living with the disease.
-- An estimated 31.1 million Americans are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
-- Approximately 14 million U.S. adults aged 65 and over and 19 million U.S. adults aged 18 to 64 have a disability.

The loss of capacity typically results in someone else overseeing the personal and financial well-being of the incapacitated person, and making decisions for him or her. This can be a relative, a family attorney, or a court-appointed guardian. While many care givers, whatever their relationship with the incapacitated person, serve the best interest of those they protect, others are predatory, taking advantage of these vulnerable individuals in ways that are horrific—ranging from financial exploitation to neglect, physical and sexual abuse. This is a silent epidemic! It could be happening to someone you know!

Let’s empower the best in us—a people with a deep sense of responsibility towards those who cannot care for themselves! Please help us make a difference!
The Protector Foundation’s mission is to reduce or eliminate abuse and exploitation of those unable to manage their own affairs through conditions related to age or otherwise. With your donations, we will (1) publish a book containing research on best practices and suggested means of securing the finances and personal living conditions of those unable to manage their own affairs; (2) educate the public with respect to the role of trustees, guardians, protectors, and persons holding power of attorney; and (3) assist in bringing about the implementation of best practices.

Would you consider a generous gift? Donate please, so we can truly make a difference!
All donations are tax deductible. Donors at all levels of donation will get a shout out on our Facebook page and will be recognized as a contributor on our website.

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