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Kerri Kasem Speaks Out on World Elder Abuse Day and One Year Anniversary of Casey Kasem’s Death

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2015) — Today is the one year anniversary of the death of legendary broadcaster Casey Kasem, who died June 15, 2014 in Gig Harbor, WA after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia and treatable complications — including sepsis and infections — due to the lack of proper medical care in the final weeks of his life.

Kerri Kasem

Kerri Kasem

His legacy lives on through the work of his daughter Kerri Kasem, who formed the nonprofit Kasem Cares Foundation to spread awareness of elder abuse, and introduce state laws to help prosecute those who abuse the elderly.

Kerri will observe the one year anniversary of the death of Casey Kasem today by participating in a Town Hall discussion on Elder Abuse at the Laguna Woods City Hall in Laguna Woods (Orange County), California, located at 24264 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.  The Town Hall will be held from 1 to 3 PM today.  

Kerri issued the following statement:

“My Dad died last year on June 15 which was also Father’s Day.  In what my family sees as a sign, June 15 is also the United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and prosecuting those who abuse the elderly – physically, psychologically, or financially. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

According the US Department of Health and Human Services, ‘elders lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care.’

We can do more to stop elder abuse in this country by raising awareness and by raising funds to sponsor legislation to make it easier for prosecutors to bring the perpetrators of elder abuse to justice.  We’ve sponsored new laws in Iowa, Texas and New York and tomorrow I will testify in Sacramento on a new law for California.  These laws ensure the visitation rights of children to see and care for their parents, so they can’t be locked away from those who love them.  Kerri will address the California Senate tomorrow (Tuesday, June 16) at 1:30 in Sacramento regarding AB2034, aka “The Visitation Bill” with Assembly Member Mike Gatto.

We urge all Americans to join us in this fight.  To take the pledge to stop elder abuse at our website www.KasemCares.org and to alert the authorities in their communities when they see the kind of elder abuse that killed my father.”

About Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)

According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD is not a rare disease. It affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States. Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it is currently widely underdiagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD.  More at www.lbda.org

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