Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Local Pearl Harbor survivor Arnold V. "Max" Bauer passed away Tuesday, according to the Union-Tribune.
Bauer was interviewed for a "NOVA" documentary about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Early this year, we told Max Bauer's story and discussed how seniors are often targets of abuse.
In January, 93-year old Arnold "Max" Bauer was found holding a photo of the ship he served on during the attack on Pearl Harbor, in what authorities describe as squalid conditions. His El Cajon home was filled with trash and rotting food. Mr. Bauer was described as frail, sick and confused.
His caregiver, who had written more than 50 checks to herself while Bauer's condition deteriorated, was charged with "theft from an elder/dependent adult."
What made this story even more disturbing is that it is not isolated. As the U.S. population ages, the number of elder abuse cases is increasing as well.