©2019 Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Written/produced by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Released July 2, 2019, 19:57 min. Categories: Social Impact, Explanatory Reporting.
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.
The Lillie Sykes White case reveals the cruelty of unchecked power to abduct, isolate and exploit seniors and the disabled in secrecy under the guise of "protecting" them. Before the predators seal all the records and close things out, help get justice for Lillie and elevate this issue nationwide. We need your help now!
After eight years of being attacked under a fraudulent guardianship and four years locked away from her loved ones, Dr. Lillie Sykes White died alone on December 31, 2020 at the age of 92. Her 85-year-old sister and fifty nieces and nephews were not told of her death at the time. Lillie's sister speaks out about her sister's tragic death.
This 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 the President and candidates to address forced isolation of seniors.
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.
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.
In 2012, Lillie was independently living her retirement in Palm Coast, Florida. Suddenly, she was entrapped in on involuntary guardianship. On December 31, 2020, she died alone without her family knowing after FOUR YEARS isolated in an institution while her estate was spent down. Watch Lillie speak about the situation.
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.
In The News
January 22, 2021 - After eight years in guardianship and four years in forced isolation, Dr. Lillie Sykes White died on Dec. 31, 2020. The guardian waited 12 days to inform Dr. White's sister and called the guardianship a civil rights violation. Elder Dignity Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaks about her aunt's case on WFTS ABC Action News...
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 versus the elderly. Elder Dignity Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaks about her aunt's case on WFTS ABC Action News...
Latest From The Blog
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...
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...
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...
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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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.