1974 George C. Polk Award exposé that blew the lid off the
incredibly lucrative nursing home industry, showing how it exploited
America's old people and defrauded us all. Reissued with a behind
the scenes look at how the powerful chairman of the Senate Sub-
committee on Long-Term Care tried to kill the book. As relevant
today for long-term care and health care in general as it was when
it first came out. Fraud, swindles, corruption, organized crime-bigger
today than ever-the better part of a trillion dollars a year, and
just has hidden as it was forty years ago.
Adelaide Mendelson (1917-1997) was a nursing home consultant to
the Federation for Community Planning of Cleveland for ten years
prior to the publication of Tender Loving Greed. A native
of Grand Rapids, Michigan, she held a B.A. from Radcliffe and an
M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. She was
one of the few private citizens asked to appear before a closed
session of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
She also testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Long-Term Care;
and worked with the Subcommittee on Government Operations, as well
as with Health, Education, and Welfare (now HHS). With the initial
release of Tender Loving Greed, she received accolades
worldwide for her efforts to protect the elderly. She continued
to testify in Washington; and was continuing her researches into
the long-term care system up to her death.
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