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Dr. Jonathan Fielding: Protect the Elderly, Protect Yourself

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published September 21 by U.S. News & World Report addressing nursing home abuse and the rights of elderly members of our society.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Protect the Elderly, Protect Yourself

Team Trump endangers everyone by scrapping seniors' right to litigate nursing home abuse.

By Dr. Jonathan Fielding

The news that eight elderly residents died in a Florida nursing home when the air conditioning failed during Hurricane Irma outraged their families and shocked the public. Although the story is still developing, Gov. Rick Scott promised to "aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place."

Although you may think that this story, though tragic, does not concern you directly, think again. If you're reading this, and you're middle-aged, then this story concerns you since you have a good chance of spending time in a nursing home.