Mickey Rooney. The American actor testifies to lawmakers that elder abuse comes in various forms. In his case, he described the abuse as financial, but other cases include physical and emotional.
In his testimony, Rooney did not identify the family member he contends abused him. However, he has obtained a restraining order from a judge in Los Angeles keeping his stepson, Chris Aber, away from him until an April 5 court hearing. Rooney has accused Aber in court filings of withholding food and medicine and meddling in his finances. Attempts by The Associated Press to find a working phone number for Aber have been unsuccessful.
Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., who chairs the Special Senate Committee on Aging, said the elderly are particularly vulnerable because they are “often fragile” and their abusers usually stand little chance of getting caught. In addition, the philanthropist has voted in favor of expanding Medicare and SCHIP and has desired that prescription drugs be included under federal health coverage. During his most recent election campaign, Kohl advocated that HMOs be placed under more scrutiny in order to determine if they’re effectively delivering care.
Rooney began his film career in the 1920s and has appeared in scores of feature films and TV shows, including the musicals “Babes in Arms” (1939) and “Strike Up the Band” (1940) and the Andy Hardy film series. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times, including a supporting actor nomination for his role in “The Black Stallion” (1979). He received an honorary Oscar in 1982.
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