November 20, 2012
A Glimpse of the
Future (Present) For Aging Seniors Under the Nanny State
("They're the government and they're here to help ... whether you like it or not.")
Welcome to life in the likely very near future for aging seniors living under the onerous "protection" of liberal-progressives' nanny state.
Lancaster Online reports: Elderly couple removed from longtime home; family, friend dispute Office of Aging findings:
In May 1964, Nels and Irene Highberg bought their first and only home. It was a modest, brick rancher -- no garage -- on a pleasant cul-de-sac on the edge of East Petersburg.Keep reading, there's much more. This didn't happen in some foreign land ... this happened in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania USA.
The Highbergs raised two sons there. They entertained neighbors there. They grew old there.
After 48 years at 6312 Miriam Circle, the Highbergs -- Nels is 92, Irene is 89 -- figured they could manage a while longer. Family and friends agreed.
But the county Office of Aging stepped in last summer, saying for safety reasons the Highbergs must move to a nursing home.
"I ain't going to go," Highberg said, according to Erick Highberg, the couple's 54-year-old son.
When a van arrived Aug. 2 to take the couple to Oak Leaf Manor in Millersville, Highberg sat in a chair in the driveway for many long minutes. He got in the van only after a police officer showed up.
"He respected her uniform," said Erick Highberg, noting his father's more than 20 years of service in the Navy and Coast Guard.
Mrs. Highberg said in a phone interview she got in the van to see what the nursing home was like. "I didn't understand we would be locked up here," she said. "They brought us in here, and they kind of disappeared real quick."
Now, after more than three months at Oak Leaf Manor, Mrs. Highberg still wants to return home.
Meanwhile, seniors. Keep your eyes wide open ... you never know when a "Department of Aging" will be coming to take you away, whether you like it or not - and regardless of whether you need it or not.
Posted by Hyscience at November 20, 2012 7:17 AM
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