The Crown of Life Society

The Crown of Life Society

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Golden years? Career criminals and one-time opportunists are scheming to strip that gold from elderly peoplea€bDarryl, the greaser who worms his way into the heart and home of the frail Esther, hell-bent to drain her bank accounta€bHarry, the charmer who checks the obituaries and puts widows like Estelle on a schedule for exploitation that includes seizing their homesa€bRusinski and Rugerio, criminal doctors who use elders a€“ and routinely put lives at risk a€“ to manipulate a hopelessly inept Medicare and Medicaid bureaucracy, and rake in the casha€bImelda, the a€œcappera€ who brings the crooked docs a vanload of elders every Friday, for bogus a€œsleep studiesa€a€bRose, who can ruin a lonely retireea€™s credit rating with a few outings to department storesa€bDenise, who gets to the much-older Charliea€™s wallet through his zippera€bto name just a few. And at the top of this criminal world is the brilliant and ruthless Sherrelle. She emerged from prison to build the Crown of Life Society, in which she trains women a€“ all using stolen identities a€” to exploit elders and avoid detection. She will do anything (murder is an easy call), and use her sharp survival instincts, to make sure the enterprise that nets her over $200, 000 a year continues to thrive. Meanwhile, these eldersa€™ adult children feel the stress every day, of trying to balance caregiving with their other responsibilities. Sibling differences, and the tension between too-busy lives and the a€œWe really have to do something about Moma€ imperative quickly blaze up. The a€œCaregiver Copinga€ chatroom provides some release for Boomers; they post about the problems they are struggling to handle a€“ including some really nutty ones. You can laugh, because these things arena€™t happening to you. Or maybe you will laugh because they are happening in your family, and you need your own release. You might shed a tear, too, when some of the elders in this book finally reach the end of their noble, exemplary lives. In The Crown of Life Society, William R. Henry, Jr. and noted elder law attorney A. Frank Johns, Jr. turn fact into fiction for an appalling a€” but hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking a€” narrative that is as entertaining as it is informative and timely. Ita€™s a loud alarm for anyone who is an elder, hopes to be one, or has elderly loved ones.And if we learn anything at all from this five thousand dollar seminar, whatever it costs ... was forgetting something she needed to do that day a€“ fax her change orders to Houston, where her next convention and expo were to be held in eight days. ... That was Robert a€“ Leta#39;s take care of it, and stick her into assisted living.

Title:The Crown of Life Society
Author:William R. Henry, Jr., A. Frank Johns, Jr.
Publisher:William R. Henry, Jr. and A. Frank Johns, Jr. - 2013-07-17


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