Monday, May 07, 2018
In some states, court-appointed guardians run a racket, gaslighting seniors
Rachel Aviv (“Reporter at Large”) has a particularly disturbing article (Oct. 9, 2017) in the New Yorker, “How the Elderly Lose TheirRights” with the tagline “Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent – and reap a profit.”
The article relates the story of an elderly married couple in Las Vegas (the wife had recovered from lymphoma) who had bought a retirement home in a planned community, and was suddenly ordered out of it by a court-ordered guardian into assisted living, apparently without due process. The term “gaslighting” is used to characterize the racket.
Apparently this happens when a court receives notification from a physician, in some states.
Physicians have become more aggressive in demanding that seniors make visits more often, and possibly submit to disruptive medical tests, under theories concerning longevity. And providers may have a financial incentive to do so. In my own case, a physician is demanding more frequent monitoring of my own blood pressure medication, which I find I can stretch out.
Some seniors may do better by keeping their momentum with little monitoring. Remember some seniors had long lifespans in the past without the regular colonoscopies and prostate or breast exams. But the medical establishment thinks it can “do good” in some cases that it couldn’t do before, and rationalize heavy-handed behavior.
This is a very serious matter that doesn’t seem to be adequately reported by the media (like filial responsibility laws).