Abusers of elderly parents will one day face a terrible reckoning
■ Some 8,000 cases of adult abuse were reported to the HSE last year, the first time records have been compiled.
In the elderly, psychological abuse was the most prevalent. What sort of abuse is that? Well, money is the root of all evil.
So demanding money off elderly parents, and threatening not to help them through the day, with difficult tasks like toiletry needs, would be one.
Bullying in the form of saying hurtful comments would be another. Not watching their nutritional needs another.
Hijacking their hard-earned pensions and keeping it from them another; ignoring medication times. Who does this sort of thing to elderly parents, who fed and clothed their offspring?
Psychologically, disturbed, greedy people, with no empathy that’s who! They think what’s underneath the veneer of outward respectability goes unnoticed. Wrong!
Some day they will answer to a higher power not of this earth. The hall of records are indexed, and appropriate punishment will be dished out accordingly.
Anthony Woods Ennis, Co Clare
Abuse of the elderly stems from greed