The film's co-producer Pamela S.K. Glasner and her father were victims of one such scam, and their story, along with those of several others -- including long-time actor Mickey Rooney (below) -- are shown here. And while each story is heart-rending on its own, what the filmmakers do with these by talking with various experts in the field of geriatric care -- attorneys, social workers, and geriatric care managers, as well as the victims and their families -- is even more important.
Artie Pasquale, "is remedy by dementia." And it is terribly unjust. To its credit, the movie-makers (talented first-timer Deborah Louise Robinson, shown at right, is the director and co-writer) point out the difference between elder crime/abuse and interfering with an elderly's person's civil rights. As one social worker explains, It may be stupid or crazy, but any one of us has the right to go spend all our money on gambling -- unless we're found not to be of sound mind. There's often a fine line here, and the filmmakers admit this.
You come away from this documentary with a much clearer understanding of the big picture regarding elder care, especially -- as is happening more and more often worldwide, because of a population that is living to a much older age --- older seniors who are being cared for by their already-senior relatives.
Quad Cinema, Last Will and Embezzlement, 82 minutes, from Starjack Entertainment, will also be shown at other venues across the country. Click here to see them all. Or order the DVD when it's available. In either case, see the film.
are courtesy of Starjack Entertainment.