What aging is supposed to be like ... and knowing the difference

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

There was a time when older people didn't have rights. When their mental or physical capacity started to deterorate, it wasn't uncommon for someone to step in, take over and give little or no respect to the wishes of that older person. Decades ago that was what aging was like. Thank goodness those actions are illegal today if the older person is still largely competent and capable.

Understanding what aging is supposed to be like is important if our society is going to function well with a large population of aging people who feel vulnerable about losing their independence. According to the Cuyahoga County Adult & Senior Services Web site, over 16,000 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation have been reported in the state of Ohio. Half are cases of self-neglect. The abused or neglected person is typically over the age of 75, a widowed woman and socially isolated.

Serving Our Seniors and the Erie County Department of Job & Family Services have put together a public presentation entitled, "What Should Aging Be Like?" from 2 to 4 p.m Sept. 24, at the Erie County Service Center (next to the fairgrounds) at 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky. Bernie Brooks, Senior & Adult Services of Cuyahoga County will educate the audience using anonymous cases of elder abuse and neglect entitled, "Sometimes Aging Isn't Pretty."

- Sheriff Terry Lyons and Adult Protective Services staff Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Erie County Probate Court Judge Bev McGookey will discuss how to report suspected elder abuse/neglect exploitation and what then happens.

- Judge Bev McGookey will also discuss that competent older people do have rights. (This is a fact that most people have a hard time understanding.)

The presentation will conclude with a series of questions and answers from the audience.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Serving Our Seniors, 419-624-1856 or 1-800-564-1856, no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 22. An audience of 15 or more is required to justify the time and travel of the speakers.

WHAT: What Should Aging Be Like?

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24

WHERE: Erie County Service Center (next to the fairgrounds) at 2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Comments

Anonymous

if you really are interested Rick im up for it, oh i am sorry i mean master studer.

Rick Studer

You can tell it's fall, all the fruits are falling out of the trees..

I'M NOT GAY!!!!!

not there's anything wrong with it..

I'm gone, reallly!!

BLACKJACK

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Anonymous

Epilogue:

The Blogstress: Looking at the 36 comments number proudly, scanning to the actual comments, eyes widen in disbelief…

Mr. Ed: Studer, STUDER!! PLAY NICE!!!

Re Sues Blog: silently rolling in a pile of stolen black socks…

Mr. Foam: “I wonder who Lance is?”

The Narrator: This concludes this weeks episode of “The Blog about Nothing”.

(Roll Seinfeld Theme)

Anonymous

If anyone out there wants to donate their sweaty black socks to my fetish, please let me know. I need about 38 pairs to make me hot.

Anonymous

sue i know you when you were 15 and you still look great best wishes tony

Anonymous

George is getting angry!

Anonymous

hey master studer are you still up for it?

Anonymous

I want to return this blazer. Clerk: What for? Jerry: spite.

Anonymous

What is all this foam talk? Is that some sort of gay reference?

Rick Studer

Foam is for insulation, as far as this blog is concerned anyway. Mr. Foam is the areas leading expert on foam, thus the name “Mr. Foam”. Can’t you follow along Vandalay? I swear I have not observed the depths of your ignorance since Uncle Joe passed on “Petticoat Junction”.

As for you Mr. Lance… Pick your berries on another bush, I’ll make my jam with ladies if you don’t mind!

Anonymous

Jerry do you think you are funny because you can quote a line from a television show? How clever! You are just like those ammoral homosexuals that seem to think they are clever by quoting lines from one of there horribly written coming out movies. You are about as original as Rick Studers lame attempts at comedy and logic on any topic at hand. And Studer speaking of coming out storys Isnt it about time you finally did. Im sure you and Lance have already had several digusting hookups. And Sue can we get another blog already? The plight of the elderly is getting a little old.

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