Actor Mickey Rooney Speaks at National Summit on Elder Financial Abuse in San Francisco

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Veteran actor, Mickey Rooney, provided an emotional speech drawing tears and three standing ovations from the crowd of nearly 300 representatives of financial institutions, social services, law enforcement, legal professionals and elder justice advocates. “I am here today as the voice of millions of senior citizens to tell you that ending elder abuse is of critical importance.” Rooney said, “No one ever thinks they will be in this position in their lifetime, but the statistics are staggering, and they paint an unsettling picture. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional or financial, it is an unbelievable reality that often sneaks up on you without warning.”

Elder Financial Protection Network held its 8th annual Call to Action conference and awards ceremony at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF.

Veteran actor, Mickey Rooney, provided an emotional speech drawing tears and three standing ovations from the crowd of nearly 300 representatives of financial institutions, social services, law enforcement, legal professionals and elder justice advocates. “I am here today as the voice of millions of senior citizens to tell you that ending elder abuse is of critical importance.” Rooney said, “No one ever thinks they will be in this position in their lifetime, but the statistics are staggering, and they paint an unsettling picture. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional or financial, it is an unbelievable reality that often sneaks up on you without warning.”

Philip Marshall, elder justice advocate and grandson of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor delivered compelling testimony and called for increased national collaboration to fight this growing crime. He said, “While my grandmother was emotionally and financially abused and isolated, her case is far from isolated; there are millions of victims, today, suffering similar injury.”

Rooney read the Call to Action Proclamation which calls upon Congress to authorize the postmaster general to issue a special elder abuse postage stamp; to fund the Elder Justice Act and requests that the President issue a proclamation declaring June 15, 2012 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to light the White House Purple on this day. More than 200 participants followed Rooney’s lead and signed the poster-sized proclamation. An online petition was launched at the event through the EFPN’s website http://www.bewiseonline.org.

EFPN’s Sentinel Award was presented to legendary New York City prosecutor, Elizabeth Loewy. Robert Blancato, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition, Contra Costa Federal Credit Union, Pacific Service Credit Union and Patelco Credit Union were presented with the Donald N. Phelps Visionary Leadership Award for their significant efforts to raise awareness and prevent elder financial abuse.

The event, held on March 31, was highlighted by an all day conference with nationally acclaimed speakers discussing the growing crime of elder financial abuse, described by experts as “the Crime of the 21st Century”.

EFPN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting elder financial abuse through innovative partnerships that build public awareness, drive community outreach, and provide professional training. Since 2000, EFPN has reached over 260,000 seniors, professionals and community members with our community outreach, public awareness and professional education programs.

For more information contact: 415.956.5556 or go to http://www.bewiseonline.org.

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