WELLNESS & FITNESS

Elderly Woman Was Arrested Days Before Her 94th Birthday Because She Did Not Pay Rent

Date May 8, 2019

It is difficult to imagine a woman in her 90s having trouble with the law. But that exactly what happened to one elderly woman due to what sounded like a misunderstanding at her care home.

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Seniors in nursing homes

It has been reported that only 3%  of all the seniors residing in the United States actually live in nursing homes. Rather than going for these homes or other assisted living facilities, most of them opt for in-home care. Many elderly people consider themselves quite independent and the same can be said of this woman.

A 93-year-old woman in trouble with the law

Days before her 94th birthday, a woman named Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested for trespassing at the independent living facility where she lived. According to news outlets, the woman was accused of refusing to pay her rent for three months.

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Karen Twinem, the owner of the Franklin House where Juanita lived, said that Juanita had once proclaimed that she would not pay rent anymore because she believed she was going to die soon.

Karen also said that since Juanita refused to pay the rent, they tried contacting her family and providing other housing options but she refused. Juanita resisted any attempt to evict her from her home and the authorities had to be contacted.

The elderly woman resisted again when officers tried to escort her out of her building. Fortunately, she didn't have to spend her 94th birthday in jail as she was eventually released pending further investigations.

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While in custody, Juanita shared her side of the story. She explained that she didn't purposely refuse to pay rent. In fact, she offered the facility the money but they refused it. She denied the allegations that she threatened not to pay because she was going to die soon. But she confirmed that the Franklin House offered her other housing options which she chose not to accept.

I don't want them to help me. I don't need no help. I've got all the help I need.

Ways to help elderly people

Are you a caregiver for an elderly family member? It's important that you do your best to make sure they are not depressed. According to Daily Caring, a couple of ways to do that is to give them a sense of purpose and encourage social interaction.

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It's important for seniors to have hobbies to keep them entertained and give them something to look forward to. Also, you can encourage them to visit relatives and family or attend community events so they do not feel isolated.

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Just because a person is old doesn't mean their welfare should be discounted. It is at this stage that they need to feel a sense of connection and hope in the world around them. Try to do what you can to provide that.

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