Just months after the Mickey Rooney’s case against his stepson settled for $2.8 Million, another celebrity is the subject of a massive elder abuse investigation. This time, the alleged celebrity victim is legendary radio personality, Casey Kasem.
According to NBCNews.com:
“Three weeks after Casey Kasem’s wife removed him from a Los Angeles hospital and took him on a road trip to Washington to stay at a friend’s house, the radio icon’s health is deteriorating, according to his daughter’s testimony during a court hearing on Friday.
Even though a Los Angeles judge has granted Kasem’s eldest daughter, Kerri, a temporary conservatorship over his health care, his wife, Jean, has not allowed her to see her father, Kerri Kasem said in court.
Kerri Kasem said she is increasingly worried about her father’s condition, after the Seattle physician hired by Jean Kasem told her that he now has bed sores, a lung infection, and a urinary tract infection — ailments he did not have when he was at Berkeley East Convalescent Hospital in Santa Monica, she said.”
If the allegations are true, this is terrible news for Kasem. Bed sores can result in life threatening infections for elders. To complicate matters it is widely reported that Kasem is suffering from Lewy body disease, which is a form of progressive dementia. The story surrounding this American icon only gets worse.
There is no excuse for elder abuse, nor any shame in being a victim of elder abuse. It can happen to anyone. However, if you suspect an elder you know has been abused, report the incident immediately. To report elder abuse in San Diego, contact: San Diego County Aging and Independent Services 9335 Hazard Way, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 495-5660 (800) 510-2020 (local) (800) 339-4661.