In the last year, I've said goodbye to my older brother and my mom. I was impressed by their care providers in Oklahoma, my home state.
Now I learn that not all elders are treated properly.
So we're tasking the filmmaker graduates of our Cine Boot Camps to create a series of mini-docs to rescue our elders from abuse.
What does this have to do with planet5D?
Normally planet5D talks about the cool new gear that's going to empower us as filmmakers. And I love it. I love what planetMitch does. But we have to ask ourselves every now and then, when are we going to get around to using our power?
Now's the time.
Though it seems like elder abuse doesn't affect us, we'll all be old some day and that's why we're going to fix this right now…. before another elderly person, who should be given the most comforting care due them in the final days, is tied up at night or “over-medicated” so they can't reach that buzzer and “bother” the aides who are busy watching TV. Sometimes they leave old people to lie in their waste for hours. Or threatening old people to keep them from telling visitors what's happening to them.
The Leeches Move In…
With the millions of baby boomers retiring yearly for the next twenty years, profit-driven conglomerates are buying up senior care facilities and squeezing profits out of proper health care. They hire sub-standard care providers who quit in an average of 3 – 4 months, making lawsuits difficult. They're getting away with murder.
Who's going to stop them?
We are. We start filming our first scenes at our August 24 and 25th Cine Boot Camps. (Our filmmakers always shoot a short film to get their Pro Level II certificate and this is what we'll shoot, instead of the usual short films).
We don't mean to be downers, but real filmmakers don't live in a Mary Poppins world either. It's great to film exciting commercials and motion pictures, but there's also a time to care for our own and make the future better for everyone.
That's the tact we're taking at the Cine Boot Camps. We the living, as Ayn Rand would say, are tasked to stand up to those who take away our rights. In this case, it's those who abuse our elders.
We're going to expose them with hard-hitting mini-docs and run them out of business.
(cover photo credit: snap from the bootcamps)