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Mickey Rooney´s legacy includes raising
awareness of financial elder abuse

Consumer Reports, by Tobie Stanger

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 4/9/2014 7:47:06 AM

The legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died on April 6 in California at age 93, goes far beyond the silver screen. The prolific film star did a service for millions of elderly in this country by helping to publicize the scourge of financial elder abuse. Whether it´s fraudulent sweepstakes phone calls, investments, grandparent scams, or the far more insidious deceptions by neighbors, friends, employees, and relatives, such exploitation is rampant and on the rise.(Snip) In September 2011, Rooney´s court-appointed conservator, Michael. R. Augustine, filed suit against the actor´s stepson Christopher Aber, and the stepson´s wife, Christina, alleging elder abuse and

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Although he sued his stepson Chris and his wife, and received a judgement of several million dollars, they subsequently declared bankruptcy. Mickey´s conservator has sued their insurance company.

In 2011, Mickey also testified before a Senate committee on aging, describing his abuse and how it had affected him.

We have just read that he left an estate of $18,000 to his "good" stepson Mark Rooney, with whom he lived and who took care of him.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/9/2014 8:55:24 AM     (No. 9803750)

Just in my small circle of friends, I know of multiple cases of financial elder abuse. In some cases, it was done by a child, others a second spouse (married late in life). Truly frightening to see.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/9/2014 9:18:45 AM     (No. 9803789)

I´ve always gotten a creepy feeling from M.R.

Kinda like Jerry Lewis, just seems like a very angry little person.

I guess everyone has issues.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/9/2014 12:14:19 PM     (No. 9804164)

#2 is one of the few I´ve seen here who know Jerry Lewis as an angry person. His real persona is 180 degrees from the amusing doofus and good buy he shows on television. We experienced it firsthand. One nasty guy.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/9/2014 12:14:50 PM     (No. 9804167)

good guy

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