Before Mickey Rooney passed away in 2014, he did something brave.
The movie star that played in over 200 roles stood before Congress and gave an incredible testimony.
Rooney confessed to being a victim of elder abuse in 2011. He believed that if a celebrity like him could be physically and verbally abused. Then it can happen to anyone. The actor revealed his stepson held him hostage in his own home.
Whenever he tried to speak out, he was silenced by his abuser.
“When a man feels helpless, it is terrible. And I was helpless,” Rooney said. “For years I suffered silently, unable to muster the courage to seek the help I knew I needed.”
Rooney’s stepson took control of all of his money, took his identification so he couldn’t travel, was verbally abusive, and deprived him of medicine and food. He even took his Emmy and Oscar. Rooney felt like he was a prisoner in his own home until he filed a restraining order against his stepson.
Finally, Rooney shared his story to beg Congress to take a stand against elder abuse. Each year over 2 million elderly people will become victims of abuse.
According to Administration of Aging, these are the signs of elder abuse:
- Bruises, bedsores, broken bones, or burns
- Depression or unexplained changes in behavior such as withdrawing from activities
- Sudden changes in finances
- Poor hygiene, sudden weight loss
- Strained or tense relationships between the elderly and a family member or the caretaker
You can learn more about elder abuse by visiting AOA.gov or calling 1-800-677-1116.