Thursday, November 17, 2005

Abandoning the Elderly

The Los Angeles Times has been running a terrific series this week on how the institutions that are supposed to protect California's aged and infirm are failing miserably. In "Guardians for Profit," Robin Fields, Evelyn Larrubia and Jack Leonard trace how conservators, public guardians and the courts have neglected some of our most vulnerable citizens. In one stunning example, they show how the Los Angeles Public Guardian's Office turns away more than four of five aged citizens referred for help and how at least "660 seniors have died since 1998 waiting for the public guardian to decide whether to assist them.",0,7048390.special


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