Many have probably heard about the "Nightmare Nanny" case out of Upland, California. A couple hired a nanny from a Craigslist ad they posted. The nanny was hired and began working for room and board in the couple's home. Three months after she moved in, the nanny either just stopped working or was fired for taking sick days, depending on whose story is to be believed. Then, nanny refused to leave the home and threatened to sue for breach of contract, wrongful termination and false imprisonment. Because she had established residency in the home, it could have taken months to evict her, after she stopped working and earning her room and board.
May is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, in 2009 there were 39.6 million Americans age 65 or older. Over the next 10 years, the number of people 65 or older will increase by almost 30 percent according to National Public Radio Business. By 2030, less than 20 years from now, there will be about 72.1 million people in that category. Medicine and scientific improvements are helping people live longer lives, but certain aspects of aging are still not amenable to treatment.