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Combatting Elder Abuse in America

A conversation with Bob Blancato, the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition

Old age. While we can all agree everyone is destined for it, we can’t quite seem to reach a consensus as to when we’ve arrived. AARP tells us we’ve earned senior status at 50. But, if you’re looking for that discount on a cup of coffee at McDonald’s, you’re out of luck until you reach 55. Burger King completely disagrees and won’t discount your fries until you’re 60. White Castle draws the line at an oddly designated 62. And, Taco Bell weighs in with Medicare, reserving old age for 65. However, Social Security plans to prolong your youth (and your retirement fund) by pushing old age off until 67. And, while this may be confusing to most – it is certainly not confusing in the slightest to an alarming array of swindlers, scam artists, conmen, and abusers who prey on the elderly across the entire age spectrum.

To get a better understanding of what’s happening to the elderly in our society – and begin to understand what needs to be addressed to make a positive shift – listen in on Chief Judge Fred Lauten’s conversation with Bob Blancato as they take a deep dive into what it means to be elderly and at-risk in America.


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In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Robert Blancato

Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging

Bob Blancato is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition and the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging