The Deception of Protection [Video]

Elder Dignity & Power Living Media Release Video Explaining the Rising Crime of Adult Guardianship Exploitation 

Features Top Elder Justice Advocates and Families Affected

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 can render you a "non-person" within days, wipe out all of your assets and even sequester you away from loved ones.

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

The Deception of Protection provides a primer on adult guardianship exploitation in the U.S., including preemptive measures so you can protect yourself and survival tactics if you get entrapped. It is a must-watch if you want to actually protect yourself and loved ones. The video is meant to spark a citizen movement so share it and embed it in other sites (get the code here).

Featured Participants

The top elder justice advocates in the country break down the anatomy of an involuntary guardianship, including footage from the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) Protest at the National Probate Judge Conference in November 2017 in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy

Teresa Kennedy

Co-Founder, Elder Dignity

Writer/producer/host of The Deception of Protection, Kennedy is committed to transforming the punitive adult guardianship system into a model that helps seniors thrive.

Rick Black

Rick Black

Director, CEAR

Through the Center for Estate Administration Reform (CEAR), Black is fighting tirelessly to elevate the issue of estate trafficking and spur new legislation at the federal level.

Dr. Sam Sugar

Sam J. Sugar, M.D.

Founder, AAAPG

Sugar founded Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) in 2013 and has been on the national forefront focusing attention on guardianship abuse.

Family Members, Victims & Advocates

Families from across the U.S. are being affected by the rising crime of estate trafficking through involuntary guardianships. Roger Hillygus from Nevada, Lynn and Alan Sayler, and Lawrence T. Reid, Jr. from Florida, Vidalia P. Amaral and Ron Coelmar from Massachusetts, and Marla Zahn from Wisconsin all lend their voices to The Deception of Protection, highlighting that this crime IS real. Caroline Peppiat saw The New Yorker article and came to the protest because she recognized that she was a potential victim. Thank you to ALL participants in the AAAPG Protest and meeting. Family members, victims and advocates are joining forces in a show of solidarity to urge for greater reform and justice for the current victims. It's time to speak Truth to power and overhaul the archaic guardianship system so that it truly supports seniors and dependent adults.

The video is dedicated to Dr. Lillie Sykes White who remains on lockdown in Florida away from her sister and 50+ nieces and nephews for 1,032 days as of July 2, 2019. The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court continues to ignore motions for communication and visitation. Learn more about her story.

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Contact and Media Inquiries

Teresa Kennedy, elderdignity(at), 212-901-6913. Available for interviews. Other related pieces by Kennedy include:

Is Elder Guardianship a New Form of Human Trafficking?The Huffington Post, by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, September 13, 2016

Seniors stripped of their Right to Vote; Florida a HotspotThe Huffington Post, by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, October 7, 2016

View additional media from Dr. Kennedy related to guardianships, as well as her other empowerment-related media.