Relatives’ motivation can lead to elder abuse

Unsavoury people tend to be good at convincing others to do dumb things

Re: When a senior is in trouble (News online, posted Dec. 20)

A fundamental enabling factor for elder abuse is the notion that relatives are automatically good people. It’s almost a form of reverse racism – thinking collective instead of on content of character.

Scummy people tend to be good at convincing others to do dumb things. Fostering feelings of guilt is one of their tactics that seems to work well with many older people. People need to realize the risk and be willing to defend themselves.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

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