LOS ANGELES, June 12 Ed Asner, Art Linkletter, MichaelReagan, LAPD Police Chief William Bratton, L.A. Public Health DirectorJonathan Fielding, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and a host of others joinintergenerational experts Debby Bitticks and Dorothy Breininger of DelphiHealth Products, Inc. in a new documentary, "Saving Our Parents"(http://www.savingourparents.com), which was released in April 2008.
Nothing could be more horrifying than learning that one of your parents orgrandparents is being victimized by a predatory caregiver, crookedconservator, or neglectful nursing home. When Debby and Ken Bitticks werecharged with the responsibility, like many in the "sandwich generation" today,of providing elder care for their parents, they moved both of their agingfathers into their home and hired help to care for them while they worked. Kensoon discovered that the caregiver he had hired to help his dad was abusive,dishonest and had been scamming the elderly for the last few years. They werehorrified when they realized that elder abuse is a growing epidemic and werefrustrated at how difficult it is to find good elder care. Unfortunately,stories of elder abuse are becoming more and more prevalent across thecountry, inside and outside of nursing homes.
"People over age 60 make up only one-eighth of the U.S. population, yetthey constitute one of every three scam victims," says Sid Kirchheimer, anadvisor to AARP. Telephone ploys, identity theft, get-rich-quick schemes,sweepstakes prizes -- today's hucksters have a wide-ranging repertoire oftricks in their bag and seniors are especially vulnerable. Being put in eldercare or in a nursing home no longer guarantees a lessening of this trend andcan actually increase an unscrupulous person's ability to scam the elderly.
Hosted and narrated by Emmy & Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, and producedand directed by Emmy winner Jeff MacIntyre, the mission of the Saving OurParents DVD is to protect the aging population of the country and help adultchildren care for their aging parents as well as find the right type of eldercare for their needs. Interviewees tell shocking stories of families deceivedby predators who scammed their elderly family members and offer life-savinginformation from the country's most trusted experts on the intricate world ofelder care. Segments include:
MATERIAL AVAILABLE: Organizing and safety tips, film clips and quotes athttp://www.savingourparents.com, articles written, DVD reviews, Q&As,Statistics: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/011603.htmlDVD available for purchase at http://www.savingourparents.com for $29.95. Aportion of the proceeds go toward Alzheimer's research, and elder abuseprevention.-- Scamming the elderly: Predatory caregivers and crooked conservators -- Financial scam artists -- Neglectful nursing homes and generations living together -- Dangerous hoarding disorders that pose health risks -- Michael Reagan's transformational experience with his father, former president Ronald Reagan and Alzheimer's Disease -- Tips from Marc Hankin, Elder Abuse Attorney -- Inspirational tips for safe, healthy aging and finding an elder care facility that will work for your family.
SOURCE Delphi Health Products, Inc.