In Japan, elderly residents risk dying a “lonely death”

In Japan, elderly residents of the danchi (apartment complexes) risk dying a “lonely death” or dying alone, their body only discovered days after their death. These elderly residents live alone and isolated so much so that an entire industry has developed in specializing in cleaning out apartments where decomposing remains are found. Additionally, many elderly Japanese write “ending notes” that organize their final affairs and ensure a clean orderly death. The danchi (apartment complexes) were built in post war Japan and were a symbol of Japan’s posterity – they introduced Japan to the Western concept of the nuclear family instead Continue Reading

Opioid Elder Abuse in Massachusetts

Exploiting parents or grandparents for their Social Security and pension checks, stealing cash and jewelry, emotional and physical abuse—these are all symptoms of the rising epidemic of opioid abuse. As more adult children are becoming addicted to opioids and winding up back home, elder abuse is rising. According to the Boston Globe article below, the number of elder abuse cases caused by adult children addicted to opioids has risen 37% since 2011. At almost 25,000 cases in the past year in Massachusetts alone, elder abuse is becoming a costly epidemic to the elder populace as many live in fear of Continue Reading