On March 2, 2011, 90 year old entertainer Mickey Rooney testified before the Senate Committee on Aging, urging them to pass bills to end elder abuse. Mr. Rooney alleges that he has been abused by his step son for years. Mr. Rooney described being scared, disappointed, angry and overwhelmed. He testified that he couldn’t believe it was happening to him. He described being in control one minute and the next minute having lost control. Mr. Rooney said that the abuse came out of no where. At first it was small and he felt he could control it, but then ” it became something sinister”. He testified that he knew his money had been taken and when he asked for information, he was yelled at and told he couldn’t have any, that it was none of his business. Mr. Rooney said that eventually he was stripped of the ability to make even most basic decisions and that his “daily life became unbearable”.
His testimony is very emotional and powerful and can be viewed in it’s entirety on the Senate Special Committee’s webpage.