These are just some of the many responses we received
from our Editorial of 06/20/13 -
The Letterbox Overfloweth
It’s good advice to call police, but people
should know that calling an Area Agency on Aging can
be very effective. Depending on the severity
of allegations, a protective service worker will
come out, either immediately or within three days,
to investigate. Most important is that ANYone
can call, including the person who believes she/he
is in danger, and submit the info anonymously if
they wish to. Referrals come from all sorts of
sources: mail carriers, medical personnel,
relatives, friends, delivery people, etc.
Unfortunately, many financial abusers turn out to be
family members, who choose to “reward” themselves
for taking minimal care of the victim, or are
convinced that the victim doesn’t “need” the money,
like they do, and put themselves in a position of
trust or threaten harm or withdrawal of care to get
their way. There IS help out there, though, for
those over 60, who are exploited.
A TENS unit is used for
pain control and works very well. Electrodes are
placed near the area of pain. The control unit can
adjust the level of electrical charge that goes to
the painful area. My husband has chronic back pain
and uses a TENS a couple of times a week. His doctor
told him, "Those things don't work," but his doctor
is not in chronic pain and has no idea if it works
or not. Sometimes the medical community makes
statements that are untrue.
I am enjoying reading the email messages from
Some days are really rough and these messages are
very helpful. They make me realize there are
people in much worse situations than I am.
My mother was issued a TENs
unit in 2002 to help with the pain of shingles.
In her case, it was issued by the physical therapy
department of the local hospital. I was in another
town and her caregivers kept calling me because the
battery had run down!
It has some sort of electrodes that shot into her
elbow (site of the shingles pain) and was supposed
to help. I think it did when the caregivers
remembered to charge the battery.