1999-11-06 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Good news—Mary Genoese Duignan is recovering nicely and doing remarkably well after pulling through a major operation. She is recuperating at the home of her mother and father, Barbara and Billy Genoese in Breezy Point. Mary is married to Bruce Duignan, Borough Manager of H&R Block. Mary is a C.P.A. in New York State and State Tax consultant for California residents living in New York and New Jersey. A speedy recovery for you, Mary.

As our baby boomers age and medical science continues to improve, our elderly will surely increase in numbers. In fact, we now have more people living into their nineties than ever in the history of the world. Are we providing the proper care for them?

It is appalling how many of our elderly are victims of abuse. Some of them are right in our midst. We do have some wonderful organizations ready to give a big helping hand such as Protective Services who provide medical and home care for these victims, as well as Victims Services who step right in and take over for anyone whose caretaker does not give meals or medication when scheduled, hides or breaks eyeglasses, hearing aid or false teeth, threatens or intimidates, humiliates, prevents family or friends from seeing or talking to her or him, takes social security checks, spends rent or food money without consent, steals belongings, hits, pushes, beats or restrains the victim, forces sexual contact of any kind without consent, prevents victim from going places when able. If this is happening, it is called elder abuse—the physical, psychological, sexual, emotional abuse or financial exploitation of people over 60. If this is happening to you or someone you know you can call Victim’s Services 24-hour hotline at 212-577-7777 or Protective Services who will send immediate care.

If you or anyone you know is being financially exploited such as cashing social security checks, dividend checks or otherwise, forcing joint accounts under duress, canceling checking and savings accounts, confiscating mail without authorization, this is a matter for the District Attorney’s office and they should be contacted. Protect our elderly. Many are unable to protect themselves. Don’t forget we may be in their position some day. Let me hear from you if you know any elderly who are having these problems. Let’s put an end to this type of exploitation and treat our elderly with kindness, patience and real, honest-to-goodness caring.

Carmel Quinn entertains at Fr. Hessin Hall in Roxbury on Friday evening, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. The event is presented by St. Thomas More, St. Edmunds and St. Genevieve parishes. Tickets are $20.

Marsha Norman’s new play "Trudy Blue", starring Polly Draper who played Ginger in "Closer On Broadway" and appeared in Neil Simon’s "Actor and Actresses", "Top Girls" and "Sister Ignatius", opens Thursday, December 2 at MCC Theater at 120 West 28 street. Tickets range from $25-$30.

Gateway offers low-impact camping on Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. with demonstrations of light camping and solar cooking. Reservations required.

Grammy-nominated recording star, songwriter, storyteller, author and playwright, Bill Harley, known as one of the finest family performers in the United States, has a CD of stories called "The Battle of the Mad Scientists and Other Tales of Survival" as well as "Play It Again" favorite songs (and one new story) ready for you to pick up in your video store just in time for the holidays. Great amusement for children.

All that Jazz . . . at Lincoln Center on November 18 to 20. Gene Harris "Spirituality and the Music of Duke Elington." Tickets are $45.

Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring artifacts from Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum from November 16 to February 27.

Film Forum Fall 1999 Repertory Preview will show Hitchcock’s "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes" on new 35 mm prints through November 11, and Roman Polanski’s "Macbeth" produced by Hugh Hefner from November 12 through the 18.


New York City’s first Red Roof Inn is scheduled to open in February of 2000 at 6 West 32 street. Prices range from $89 to $199 per double room.

Browsers beware of travel rip offs on auction sites. Avoid too good to be true offers. Always consult a travel agent. Once you accept a bogus offer you have little recourse. Always pay by credit card.

Queen Elizabeth II to Hawaii. From Acapulco, Mexico to Honolulu on a 14- night land cruise for $3,695.

Big Red Boat seven-day land cruise only $399 for adults, $99 for children, family of four (two adults, two children) $999.

Seven-day Mexican cruise only $399 on Premier Cruises. Three nights hotel and four nights cruise or four nights hotel and three nights cruise.

Give me a call and away we go.


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