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How much do you value freedom? Do you believe you have a choice in how you live your life?

Don't be deceived... you could be the target of a rising crime that could render you a "non-person," wipe out all of your assets and even sequester you away from loved ones. Watch The Deception of Protection -- a primer on adult guardianship exploitation and learn how to protect yourself. Then, join our citizen movement to transform the system.

©2019 Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Written/produced by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Released July 2, 2019, 19:57 min. Categories: Social Impact, Explanatory Reporting.

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I Can't Breathe For Aunt Lillie

If two months in lockdown due to COVID-19 was driving you stir crazy, how would you feel after FOUR YEARS in lockdown? Aunt Lillie is still being blocked from seeing or speaking with her sister and 50 nieces and nephews even though-on video-she has requested them. She is being treated like a slave.

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Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship

This new video reveals how guardianship has become a new form of human trafficking. It includes the top elder justice advocates in the country, as well as families of victims. At the end, there is a direct appeal to President Trump and the 2020 candidates to address forced isolation of seniors.

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Let America Be America Again

Artists hold a mirror up to society. Let America Be America Again is an Arts for Justice performance piece of the 1935 Langston Hughes poem that exposes the oppression and greed that exists while still being hopeful in the dream of equality and justice for all. It is presented by the Sykes-Kennedy family.

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HELP SAVE DR. LILLIE SYKES WHITE

Sign the petition to Governor Ron DeSantis to take action on the White case.

In The News

Florida Continues To Fail Seniors

July 23, 2020 - Florida continues to fall short on protecting seniors from the predatory guardianship system. Instead, it seems like the Florida Department of Elder Affairs has a mandate to protect rogue guardians. Elder Dignity Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaks about her aunt's case on WFTS ABC Action News...

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Forced Assistance

July 6, 2020 - Amid coronavirus pandemic, a flawed guardianship system can make it impossible to care for relatives in assisted living facilities. Many of these facilities do not have adequate staffing, and they don’t want the public to realize how so many of them are just built around making money...

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Latest From The Blog

Kennedy Meets With Secretary

January 29, 2020 - After an impromptu protest in the Florida Capitol Courtyard during Senior Day in Tallahassee, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and fellow advocate Doug Franks met with Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom and Rep. Scott Plakon about the human rights abuses that are happening in the state via guardianship...

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The Forbidden Reunion [VIDEO]

September 9, 2019 - Dr. Lillie Sykes White has been isolated from her family of 50 relatives for over three years despite video of her asking for her sister, nieces and nephews. Guardian refuses to let anyone speak with her without a "passcode," court ignores motions, and care facility refused to disclose safety preparations for Hurricane Dorian...

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Our Involvement

Kennedy Speaks at Florida Senate

January 28, 2020 - Elder Dignity Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy spoke at the Senate Committee on Judiciary meeting in Florida to comment on SB 994 which is intended to increase protections for seniors under guardianship. Advocates agree that the bill is a step in the right direction but much more is needed -- and faster...

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Kennedy at Knowledge Is Power

June 10, 2019 - Elder Dignity Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy was a featured speaker at the Knowledge Is Power conference in Washington, DC in conjunction with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities. A former media executive, she presented Getting Your Voice Heard: 5 Keys To Working With The Media.

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EVENTS: Read about/see pictures from World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Washington, D.C., including the Knowledge Is Power Conference, "The Guardians" Screening and The Global Summit.

Learn The Framework

Guardianship laws intended to protect the vulnerable are used to entrap unsuspecting people to control their property. How does this come about? Elder Dignity has created a one-page framework outlining the process and key actions predators takes to steal your estate, as well as a template for case studies.

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Advocate for Lillie

In 2012, Lillie was independently living her retirement in Palm Coast, Florida. Suddenly, through the actions of a predator, she was entrapped in on involuntary guardianship. Now, she has been isolated in an institution for 1,682 days--almost FOUR YEARS--while her estate is spent down.

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Support Legislation

Lawmakers know the adult guardianship system is broken. As many states work to reform their guardianship statutes, the federal government has begun to strengthen protection for seniors. Understand the current landscape of legislation and then join in overhauling the system so your family is not next.

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Why Elder Dignity?

To be an ELDER is a privilege, not a "condition" causing you to be tossed aside and abused. If we are lucky, each of us will get old. Let's create a society where we can age with dignity and respect, and ensure that our individual rights and assets are protected. It's time to reform the Elder Guardianship System in the U.S., prosecute predators and hold legal agents--judges, attorneys, evaluators, professional guardians-- to a higher standard.

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Quotes

"The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick the needy and the handicapped."
-Hubert Humphrey

"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person..."
-Andy Roony

"To be complacent about elder justice is to be complicit in elder abuse.”
-Philip Marshall