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I'm not finding a community for elder abuse and abandonment

Is there a method of beginning a new forum here? I have had problems communicating with some of the younger posters here at MedHelp. I'm wondering if the concerns of abandoned and abused elderly people shouldn't have their own forum. It is possible, I'm not saying that this is the reason I've encountered some push back from younger posters, but is it possible that some of these folks are dealing with their own aging parent issues and can't bring an open mind to this part of the discussion? I think it's possible. I think it's also possible that some of these people need to phone their aging parent and can't bring themselves to it. Geez!!! I've been studying the statistics, too; and it's interesting how white the aging abandoned population is. Latin families are stronger, African American families are stronger, Asian families really embrace the notion of "Filial Piety" which is sometimes absolutely onerous for them. Christian culture has historically taught the honoring of one's parents. It's a commandment, right? But in Taoist or Confucian philosophy it is required and unquestioned. So what's going on here culturally? How can society and families deal with the aging of the population when families are denying responsibility en masse and throwing their moms and dads on the tender mercies of social services? I think it's worth discussing. I'm not by any means the only person I know who is being, in one manner or another, marginalized by their families, but every one of us is Caucasian. So, I repeat, what's going on here culturally?
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4849766 tn?1391038693
Hi there,
Thanks for your feedback on a community for elder abuse and abandonment.  We do have a caregivers community located here:
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Caregivers/show/221

We also have a Senior Health community here:
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Senior-Health/show/141

We will certainly keep your feedback about the community in mind as well!  
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Thank you. I don't think there are too many members of the aging population who are able to use this technology effectively. Perhaps this is why MedHelp hasn't begun a forum for elder abuse and abandonment. Your thoughts?
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hi Lizzie, here is a place I thought might be good, I think there are a lot of us on line.  At least there are many with medical problems.  Good luck

http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Depression-Support-For-Families-/show/1259
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Hi, Lizzytish1313,

In addition to the suggestions above, you might also want to start your own User Group forum.  These are moderated by their owners, and can be made public or private.  For more information, click here: http://www.medhelp.org/user_groups/new

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317787 tn?1473358451
Great idea Claire! Thank you Dee
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hi..there is a senior health community. That might be a good place. Since you have health problem you might find others who could help or that you could help. I think the families with depression looked good
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hi thank you for your suggestion sorry I did not see it before I posted. I am working with a tiny screen on my cell
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