Abusers of el­derly par­ents will one day face a ter­ri­ble reck­on­ing

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ 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

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