We received this by email today:
Dear Dr. Sugar
This article (in the New Yorker by Rachel Aviv)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights is fantastic. I hope more magazines, newspapers and media take more of an interest in this horrible problem than they have in the past. I am so grateful for you and the work you are doing.
I’m delighted to say I got my husband away from his guardian. He is no longer the “Guardian of the Person” but is still “Guardian of his Finances”, However, he is no longer spending his money they way he had in the past. I’m sure (Reporter) Barbara Peters-Smith is responsible for that. I will never regret spilling my guts to her and the way she managed to get it on the front page of her newspaper, the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Her subsequent articles about elder abuse have added a lot of fuel to the fire.
With dread, I think of the 2 times I was called and told by his then guardian that my husband was dying in a local hospital. When he didn’t die, he was sent back to the nursing home he had been forced into that I refer to as MRSA Manor – for good reason. Every time I saw him he was heavily drugged and was unresponsive and lying in a fetal position covered with bruises, cuts and sores. This had to stop before it was too late. This is a man that served our county for 14 years as a county court judge.
Thankfully, the Judge’s best friend, came down from his home just to see him on many occasions and saw that what I was telling him (about the abuses) was the truth. He was willing to take the guardianship course and take on the responsibility of saving his life by getting Guardianship of the Person and moving him out of this area.
In the year he has been up there and away from Bradenton, his improvement is remarkable. He is now healthy, happy and talkative. He remembers a lot about the abuse he endured and also about his life before his rights were removed.
I thank God every day…..
Name withheld to protect the writer
If this exploitation and abuse can happen to a retired Judge in a courtroom in his own State, what does that say about the level of malfeasance, corruption and criminality in the Probate Court system?