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Articles by Sam Sugar, MD

Volunteers: A call to action

September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Please consider volunteering for one of our working groups–need volunteers to focus on lobbying state agencies in Florida and other states DCF Dept Elderly Affairs FDLE Statewide Sherrif’s Association Representatives and Senators federal agencies Senators and Congresspeople Dept of Justice FBI We will provide training to all volunteers. To volunteer email [- more...]

Debate: Are Florida’s seniors endangered by guardianship?

September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship and Ethics 4 Healthcare hold professional, open-to-the-public debate on Oct. 19 Clearwater, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Governor Rick Scott has recognized October as Florida Guardianship Month to distinguish Florida’s professional guardians who are appointed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals whose functional limitations prevent them from being able to make their own decisions. However, there is great opposition of [- more...]

Florida: Response to FL SB 232

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Background:  Florida’s legislature is attempting to pass another guardianship reform bill in 2016, to build upon the success of Florida HB 5 from 2015’s legislative session.  SB 232 is being proposed by Florida State Senator Nancy Detert.  Below are comments from AAAPG Founder Dr. Sam Sugar about what passage of SB 232 might mean for guardianship reform. AAAPG deeply appreciates the Senator Detert’s commitment to addressing aspects of reforming the guardianship statutes so [- more...]

AAAPG Goals Survey: How can we help each other reform or eliminate Guardianship?

September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dear AAAPG reader, You have been invited by AAAPG to take part in this survey.  This is your opportunity to help direct AAAPG’s upcoming activities.  What would you like to see AAAPG accomplish in the coming year – More legislative initiatives? More media exposure? And perhaps as important – how can you help AAAPG accomplish these goals? Please tell us what you think should be the top priorities for AAAPG going forward. We value your privacy and assure that all responses are [- more...]

White paper: Analysis of Florida guardianships, public (non-profit) and private (for-profit)

August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

In response to a freedom of information request Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship has been supplied with the following information regarding the total number of wards in public guardianships in the state of Florida. The state’s Department of Elderly Affairs contracts with 17 organizations that serve all public guardianships throughout the state of Florida’s 67 counties. These organizations often characterized their business as taking “ the guardianships no one [- more...]

White Paper: The Problem with Judges in Guardianship

August 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Families with captives in involuntary guardianships are often shocked by the behavior of administrative probate judges in contested involuntary guardianships. There is often speculation that these judges are somehow corrupt or crooked. Victims tend not to be able to precisely characterize the inscrutable actions of probate judges which seem to universally favor the opinions of strangers over the concerns of family- a dogma which seems so reprehensible and suspect. As it turns out corruption may [- more...]

Florida Analysis: Guardianship cases of the last decade in Miami-Dade probate court

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Subject: GD cases from ETG’s Date: 2015-07-24 12:11 From: “Rivera, Evelyn (COC)” To: “Sam Sugar, MD” Good afternoon Dr. Sugar, Attached you will find the report you requested consisting of Guardianship cases that were preceded by an Order assigning an Emergency Temporary Guardian in a Mental Health case. The report includes all Guardianship cases filed during the last ten years. If you need anything further please do hesitate to contact me. Evelyn Rivera Analysis: [- more...]

Opinion: How do we help seniors at risk of Guardianship?

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Maybe instead of getting them more pills and doctors, we should bring them to the gym, because once they become wards they will never see a gym again. From the American Medical Association (AMA) news: Regular exercise may benefit seniors facing onset of Alzheimer’s The Los Angeles Times (7/24, Healy) reports in “Science Now” on studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggesting that exercise may benefit people with mild cognitive impairment and [- more...]

Opinion: To Florida Gov Rick Scott – Thank you may not be enough

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thank you may not be enough Last night Gov. Rick Scott of the great state of Florida did something that no other governor in this country has done to date. He demonstrated his sincere and abiding concern for the welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida. He took a courageous position to override the petty, banal, greedy, illegitimate business as usual attitude of others in elected office who are content to continue to look the other way as innocent victims of Florida’s deep dark [- more...]
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