Archive for September, 2018

Guardianships and the Elderly: The Perfect Crime by Dr Sam Sugar

September 18th, 2018

Imagine a system of justice in this country that strips its citizens of their constitutional rights, voids their existing legal documents, gives others the right to spend their money & sell their assets, isolates them, & has the ability to limit the time they can spend with their loved ones.  It is called guardianship.

Guardianship exists in every state, & while it has gone under the radar for many decades, Dr Sam Sugar‘s new book, Guardianships and the Elderly, sheds light on this system, which enables those in the know to commit the “perfect crime”.  The book begins by looking at the history of guardianship.  It also presents an accurate picture of just how difficult it is to free a family member from the system.  There are many things loved ones can do to fight a guardianship, but many obstacles & pitfalls await them in the battle.  Guardianships and the Elderly is meant to prepare the reader for these eventualities.  It includes a comprehensive glossary & a helpful resource section that may prove useful in the pursuit if real justice.

 

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SQUEEZED: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America–by Alissa Quart

September 3rd, 2018

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children.  Through gripping storytelling & elegant prose, Quart shows how our country has failed families. Her subjects, including professors, lawyers, caregivers & nurses, have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them, & enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She also provides real solutions, outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families have embraced.  And she offers a blueprint for helping us to see parenting & caregiving as truly valuable, not only emotionally but professionally & politically.

SQUEEZED is an eye-opening page-turner.  Powerfully argued, deeply reported, & ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options.  It will make readers think differently about their lives & those of their neighbors.

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