HOW EXCITING!! We were just informed: "Last Will and Embezzlement" is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City!! Producer/writer Pamela S K Glasner is SO honored and delighted, and she hopes lots of her Facebook friends will be able to attend this wonderful event with her.
"My Dad was a war hero," producer Pamela Glasner explained the other day, "though he never, ever talked about the war. He was in the Army Air Corps ... in a bomber squadron ... and he was at Normandy. I know, because after he passed, I found his honorable discharge papers. My Dad had always been MY hero ... now I know he was everyone else's, too. I am so proud to be Harry Glasner's daughter."
The producers at Starjack Entertainment believe that ALL the service men and women who put their lives on the line for their country are heroes, and we salute them on this Memorial Day, 2014.
On Monday, 14 April, 2014, just after Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney passed away, I was invited to NY City to speak with news anchor(and former Miss America!) Debbye Turner-Bell about “Last Will and Embezzlement”, elder financial exploitation, what happened to my parents, and how people can protect themselves and those they love.
It was wonderful working with everyone at Arise News – they were incredibly professional about absolutely everything and Debbye herself was perfectly prepared. Her questions were excellent,and she and I plenty of time to touch on the most important points for the listeners. It’s an interview I am particularly proud of.
And …. It was so well-received that evening, that it was aired a second time: on the weekend edition of Debbye’s show.
If you missed it, you can still hear it by following this link (http://www.arise.tv/headline/arise-america-14-04-5851) … all you have to do is hit the play button, then advance to 33:30. That will bring you right to the beginning of the elder financial abuse segment.
Hello, everyone -- Pamela Glasner here. Two screenings today at the Legislative Office Building of "Last Will & Embezzlement", both with post-screening audience Q & A sessions. The conference was called "Same Story Different Age: Sexuality, Money and Mental Health".
The audience was almost entirely made up of professionals who deal directly with the elderly as part of their daily work, and nearly every one of them had had clients who had been exploited. It confirmed what I already knew and it should not have surprised me, but it was still hard to see that -- it still hurt.
They asked a lot of excellent questions; we had lively discussions about a number of different aspects of the film and the issues surrounding the topic and, to top it all off, I received invitations for additional speaking engagements. It was exhausting --- I don't usually do two seminars back-to-back --- but it was also gratifying. A very successful day.
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Pamela S. K. Glasner is a published author and a filmmaker. You can learn more about Ms. Glasner at http://www.starjackentertainment.com/ and on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/am5mjoy
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18 October 2013, North Yorkshire, England & Connecticut, US – Starjack Entertainment partners Deborah Louise Robinson and Pamela S. K. Glasner are about ready to get all dolled up to paint the town pink – yes, pink, not red! – ever since their distributor, SnagFilms Inc. of New York City, informed them that their documentary film, “Last Will and Embezzlement”, would be broadcast across the US via seven of the largest platforms, meaning as of this week, the movie is now available to an audience of approximately 200 million.
The platforms are Comcast, iTunes, Verizon, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and xBox, all of which are available immediately, except xBox, which is coming in just a few weeks.
“If anyone had ever told me,” Glasner laughed, “just three short years ago, that I, along with a woman I met on Facebook, who lives 3000 miles away, in another country, on another continent, would make a movie and it would be broadcast by the largest cable company in the United States, let alone seven companies, I’d have told them they were nuts!”
But that’s precisely what happened. “Last Will and Embezzlement”, which takes on the ever-burgeoning problem of elder financial exploitation, has been making waves nationwide since it was launched at the Quad Cinema on West 13th Street in Manhattan on April 13th, 2012. It is being utilized as a teaching tool by such notable institutions and organizations as Penn State Law School, the Utah State Law Library, Wells Fargo Advisors, Area Agencies on Aging across the country, as well as banks, insurance companies, law offices … and the list goes on.
Robinson’s reaction was equally excited and animated: “That this, our first film, should be accepted by America’s most prestigious networks is just amazing! Because of the importance of the subject matter, I could not be more delighted that millions upon millions of people will have the opportunity to see our film - and learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
To learn more about Last Will and Embezzlement and Starjack Entertainment, please visit:
By JAMESON COOK, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry and Ethel Glasner’s retirement in Florida allowed them to enjoy sun and warmth for many years. But their golden years ended on a sour note for their children as the mentally deteriorated Harry was exploited out of the couple’s life savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The nefarious act was accomplished by a man who claimed to be his son.
Making recovery of the funds virtually impossible, “The police refused to do anything about it,” said their daughter, Pamela Glasner, 59, of Connecticut.
The experience inspired Glasner to write and produce a documentary film about the proliferation of elder abuse that includes an extensive interview with actor Mickey Rooney, who testified before Congress about his victimization by a younger perpetrator.
“After six weeks of banging my head against the wall, I called my business partner and said, ‘We need to do a documentary about it,’” Glasner told The Macomb Daily. “It was at the same time Mickey Rooney was testifying about his experience, so I called his agent, and he called me back a couple of days later and said he would do it.”
The film, “Last Will and Embezzlement,” will be the subject of a Sept. 25 seminar, “Safeguarding The Golden Generation,” at the Italian American Cultural Center in Clinton Township. It will feature Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, senior crime Assistant Prosecutor Suzanne Faunce, Wayne State Law School Associate Professor Susan E. Cancelosi, Natalie Pearce of the Area Agency on Aging 1–B, and elder law attorney Terri Giampetroni. The moderator will be Catherine Emerson, elder law assistant prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.
A second event will take place Sept. 30 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the Jewish Cultural Center in West Bloomfield Township.
Rooney, now 92, says in the fiilm, “Don’t worry, I’m taking care of you, that’s what (his perpetrator said). And he was taking care of himself.
“Gosh, if it can happen to Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anybody.”
Glasner said there needs to be more effort by the legal system and law enforcement into protecting the elderly against abusers, who typically are not strangers but someone close to the victim, sometimes a family member who may have initial good intentions but may be having financial troubles and takes advantage of an opportunity for exploitation.
“We’re going to have the biggest shift in wealth in our history” over the next 20 years, she said. “We had better put something in place now or we’re going to have the same risk of elderly abuse that we’re having now.”
Glasner said her late father, who had Alzheimer’s Disease and died in 2012 at 90, was persuaded to sign away his power of attorney by a man who developed a relationship with both Glasners and was able to visit him in his nursing home by telling authorities he was Harry Glasner’s son.
“He didn’t know what he was signing. It could have been the Magna Carta,” Glasner said. “After my mother died (in April 2011), my brother (Corey) called the nursing home to tell them he would be now taking care of him. The nursing home said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Your brother is taking care of it.’ My brother said, ‘I don’t have a brother.’”
Glasner said she was naïve that her parents could be exploited. She believes the perpetrator, a man in his 60s, began ingratiating himself into her parents’ lives in 2008, when her parents suddenly changed their tax status, a move that surprised her but failed to raise suspicions.
“It never occurred to me that my parents could be at risk, and it never occurred to me after we found out that the police’s attitude would be so lackadaisical,” she said. “Most of the time they say, ‘Oh, this is a civil matter. Go get a lawyer.’
“The perpetrator even looked at me and boasted to me about it. He said we couldn’t do anything about it.”
The film – of which a shortened, 23-minute version will be shown at the event – and an accompanying guide can help the elderly and their adult children learn how to guard against abuse as the population ages and baby boomers enter their retirement years.
The most vulnerable are seniors who “feel alone and abandoned,” she said.
“That’s why perpetrators are easily able to work themselves in,” she added. “That’s why a smiling face at the front door can be so convincing. The perpetrator says to them, ‘Oh, your kids are 1,300 miles away? I can take you to the doctor. I can take you to the store.’”
To protect themselves, the elderly should remain in consistent communication about finances with a trusted loved one. If seniors don’t have a confidante, they should contact the Area Agency on Aging if they suspect anything unscrupulous, she said.
“One phone call to the (AAA), and they can send somebody over to the house,” she said. “They have specific training on what to do and on the right questions to ask.”
The AAA’s telephone numbers are 586-226-0309 in Macomb County and 248-357-2255 in Oakland County.
An adult child, meanwhile, should try to ask pointed questions about anything that may seem unusual about their parent’s finances, she said.
The best advice she can give to middle-aged people to prepare for their future in senior citizen-hood is to set up legal protection, such as wills, trusts and “advanced directives,” through an attorney, she said.
The film is directed by Deborah Louise Robinson.
The event, sponsored by Starjack Entertainment, takes place 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the hall, located at 43843 Romeo Plank Road. Tickets are $18-$29, some of which include the book, “Silver and Gold … Discussion Guide.” For tickets (for the Clinton Township Conference) or more details, call 586-806-9875.
PROSECUTOR CATHERINE A. EMERSON Chosen to be Panel Moderator at Upcoming Conferences on elder Financial Exploitation
The partners of Starjack Entertainment, Deborah Louise Robinson and Pamela S. K. Glasner, are delighted and honored to announce that Catherine A. Emerson, Michigan Elder Justice Resource Prosecutor at the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, has consented to be the panel moderator at their upcoming “Safeguarding the Golden Generation” conferences in Metro Detroit, on the 25th and 30th of September, in Clinton Township and West Bloomfield, respectively.
Emerson has devoted 26 years of her life to obtaining justice for victims, having served Ingham County since 1987, the last five years as the Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor and the past three as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Additionally, Emerson is the current chair of the Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton County Elder Death Review Team, a core member of the Community Response Team for Elder Abuse, a member of the Ingham County Bank Fraud Investigative Team, and a certified trainer for law enforcement investigations of elder abuse by the National Committee on Abuse Later in Life (NCALL).
“With her obvious commitment to (and passion for) the safety and protection of the elderly, Ms. Emerson could not be a better fit for our conferences and for our mission if we tried,” says Glasner. “I am awed by the caliber of professionals and experts who are supporting our work.”
Our the primary goal is always to help America’s senior citizens avoid financial abuse and exploitation.
To get tickets for the conference on the 25th, call 586-806-9875
To get tickets for the conference on the 30th, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/l59vzr9
Tickets will also be available at the door
To learn more about Last Will and Embezzlement and Starjack Entertainment, and for updates about the tour including additional cities & dates, ticket information, etc., please visit:
à Last Will and Embezzlement website: www.lastwillandembezzlement.com
à Starjack Entertainment website: www.starjackentertainment.com
à The events on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/krwq7lj or http://tinyurl.com/lqbvj2a
These vitally important events have been made possible, in part, by the support and generous sponsorship of the following:
Messrs Basil Bacall and Joseph Bacall — owners - Hampton Inn, Novi
Ms. Kimberly Frane — Speedpro Imaging, Novi
Mr. Richard Blondy — photographer, West Bloomfield
Rygiel Sprague Attorneys and Counselors — elder law attorneys, Clinton Township
Ms. Patty Leonard — event tickets, Clinton Township
Events arranged by Natasha Vassallo / Red Angel Promotions
Upcoming conference on elder financial abuse features “Last Will and Embezzlement” as well as Dr. Peter Lichtenberg
The partners of Starjack Entertainment, Pamela S. K. Glasner and Deborah Louise Robinson, are delighted and honored that Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, Director of the Wayne State Institute of Gerontology, will be one of the many distinguished panelists at its upcoming “Safeguarding the Golden Generation” conference in West Bloomfield, Detroit, on the 30th of September.
In addition to the aforesaid, Dr. Lichtenberg is also the Founding Director of the Wayne State University Lifespan Alliance, the Director of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, the author of six books, a Professor of Psychology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has authored or co-authored over 150 peer review journal articles — in short, he has dedicated his life to the safety, well-being, good health, protection of, and advocacy for, the elderly.
Starjack Entertainment is actually conducting two conferences in Detroit, both of which will feature Starjack’s documentary, “Last Will and Embezzlement”, and will include keynote addresses from each township’s supervisor (the equivalent of a Mayor), as well as audience Q&A sessions and panel discussions …the panelists being, in addition to Dr. Lichtenberg, some of the finest minds and most notable and dedicated professionals in the fields of elder care and elder protection.
With the primary goal being to help America’s senior citizens avoid financial abuse and exploitation, the conferences will be on September 25th and 30th, at the Italian American Cultural Center in Clinton Township and the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield Township, respectively.
For Berman Theater/West Bloomfield tickets, go to https://theberman.jccdet.org/ticketing/ and scroll down to Sept. 30th
For Italian American Cultural Center/Clinton Township tickets, call 586-806-9875 (no online ticket services for this one)
Tickets will also be available at the door for both conferences.
Announcing: Lynne McCollum – Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
Starjack Entertainment is delighted to announce that we have added a new panelist to our conference in West Bloomfield Township on September 30th : Lynne McCollum – Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. She will be speaking about the state’s initiatives for the safety, security, and dignity of the elderly, as well as enumerating the many resources available to those who wish to protect their senior citizen clients, patients, and/or loved ones before tragedy strikes.
Ms. McCollum’s participation is going to be fabulous !!
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