Meeting With Secretary After Impromptu Protest

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida's guardianship system is terribly broken and it took a slightly rogue move--which ended up making the 5 o'clock news--to finally get a meeting with leadership. After an interview with Mike Vasilinda of Capitol News Service, the day's schedule was fairly open. Our team of advocates, who had driven from across Florida to participate in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on January 28th, was dispersing to head home. Fellow advocate Doug Franks and I were the only tw...
More

Elder Advocates Speak Up in Tallahassee

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaking at the Senate Committee on Judiciary in Tallahassee, FL - January 28, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Elder justice advocates in Florida and across the country traveled hundreds of miles to Tallahassee to speak for just one or two minutes at the Senate Committee on Judiciary meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, sponsored SB 994 to increase protections for seniors under guardianship. The bill passed by a vote of 6 to 0. Advo...
More

OPEN LETTER to Senator Kathleen Passidomo

Please SIGN THE PETITION to Governor DeSantis to free Dr. Lillie Sykes White. For more on involuntary guardianships, watch The Deception of Protection and Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship. Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Founder of Elder Dignity.
More

“Ensuring Trust” Senate Hearing

On November 28, 2018, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy attended the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing, "Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans" at the Senate Dirksen Office Building in Washington, DC. Watch the Hearing Aging Committee Report: https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Guardianship_Report_2018_gloss_compress.pdf
More

“Trust Betrayed” Senate Hearing

On November 28, 2016, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy attended "Trust Betrayed: Financial Abuse of Older Americans by Guardians and Others in Power" U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing in Washington, DC. Watch the Hearing  
More

$36 Billion Piggy Bank

Richard Cordray, Director of Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, called elder financial exploitation the “crime of the 21st century.” Approximately 36.9% of seniors are affected by financial abuse in a given five-year period. According to The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, $36.48 billion a year is lost by victims of elder financial abuse — more than twelve times what was previously reported. $6.7 billion is stolen through Trust Abuse, when friends, family, or paid h...
More