Elder Abuse Spreads, Stoked by the Pandemic – The Wall Street Journal

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The pandemic’s impact on older adults went far beyond Covid-19 infections. It also made them more vulnerable to abuse.
In Denver, a temporary caregiver on probation for a felony robbery conviction was hired to fill a Covid-related staff shortage at a long-term-care facility. She stole an engagement ring and credit cards from Barbara Gust, an 86-year-old mother and grandmother who was dying of Covid. A few hours after Ms. Gust died, the caregiver used one of the cards to make a $2.37 purchase at a local Wendy’s restaurant, Denver Police Department records show.
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