However, "aging in place" can create situations of elder abuse such as Brooke Astor's. Her troubled son Anthony Marshall became her Machiavellian care-giver.
Currently, as LawNewz reports, a growing number of Richard Simmons' fans speculate that he could be in a similar situation. They point to his long-time aide Teresa Reveles as allegedly the analogue of Marshall. The former fitness guru hasn't been heard from since he made public contact through the "Today" show.
It might have been thought that Astor and Simmons were "fortunate" to be able to stay in familiar surroundings as they entered old old age. However, had there not be the aging in place trend they might have been encouraged to transition to a group facility such as Sunrise.
In assisted living, their care would be closely supervised by trained staff. Just as in the old days in the college dorm, tapping into companionship would be easy. They could also participate in activities geared to their abilities.
Of course, Astor and Simmons could afford the monthly fee for a well-operated center like Sunrise. Others can't. And for them, remaining in their homes can become a burden on others.
As I have witnessed, they become sitting ducks for abuse. The majority of care-takers haven't been trained to take care of themselves. Rarely do they realize they are on the verge of losing it. And so do.
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