During Wednesday’s live discussion, 39 #ElderCareChat attendees — both first-time and returning — discussed how to spot, stop and prevent elder exploitation, as well as how to intervene in cases of abuse. Joining and guiding us in the conversation was guest William Henry, who has been a professional writer for more than 40 years. He became interested in issues involving exploitation of elders, and the dynamics of family caregiving, following an incident in his own family, which he wrote about for The Washington Post. One of Henry’s sources of information for the article was A. Frank Johns, Jr., who was president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at that time. William and Frank decided to collaborate on a book addressing elder exploitation. They chose a fictional approach, in order to portray as many representative characters and situations as possible, and because many elders and their adult children enjoy reading fiction.
The result is The Crown of Life Society, the first novel ever to address elder exploitation and family caregiving as primary subjects. Since its publication, William and Frank have provided numerous interviews and guest articles, for consumer media and for organizations advocating for the interests and protection of elders. More information is available at CrownofLifeSociety.com and on Facebook; the book is available at all major e-book retailers and in the Google Play store.
Typically, we include only the tweets of our guest in the Storify excerpt, but there were too many excellent insights shared not to include a few others alongside those of @henryandjohns. Review the highlights in the segment below, which also includes this week’s discussion questions:
Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for connecting us to this invaluable service). To see who attended and how many tweets went out in the hour, check out these analytics.
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