William Henry, Jr

Biography

William R. Henry, Jr.

William Henry has been a professional writer for more than 40 years. He has been a reporter for two daily newspapers in North Carolina, director of public affairs for a national construction-industry trade association based in Washington, DC, and has written numerous articles for consumer and trade publications. Currently he is executive director of an association that provides insurance and risk management services for volunteer-based nonprofit organizations. He became interested in issues involving exploitation of elders, and the dynamics of family caregiving, following an incident in his own family, which he wrote about for The Washington Post. This is his first novel. Henry lives in Leesburg, VA.

A. Frank Johns, Jr., JD, LLM, CELA, CAP

Frank Johns is a nationally recognized legal authority in Elder Law, Fiduciary Litigation, Elder Abuse, Guardianship, Disability Rights, Special Needs and Special Needs Trusts, and Legal Ethics. Mr. Johns, BS 1968 and JD 1971, Florida State University; and LLM – 2008, Stetson University College of Law, is a charter partner in Booth Harrington & Johns of NC PLLC, with offices in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC. He is past president of, and a fellow in, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and past chair of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners; a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; charter chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section; and board member, Center For Medicare Advocacy (2008-2010). He is board-certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation, and certified as a specialist in elder law by the North Carolina State Bar. He was a charter board member of the National Guardianship Association (1988). He co-chaired the 2001 Wingspan National Guardianship Conference; was a delegate, commissioned writer and steering committee member of the 2011 3rd National Guardianship Summit; and was a delegate and panelist at the 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship in Australia.

Johns has litigated fiduciary, abuse, and disability cases throughout North Carolina, and in the state and federal courts, with numerous favorable decisions in the North Carolina appeals courts and the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Many of these cases are the basis for The Crown of Life Society.

Smashwords Interview

What is new and different about this novel, The Crown of Life Society?
This is the first novel ever to address elder exploitation and family caregiving as primary subjects. The problem of elder exploitation continues to grow, as the population ages and the number of schemes to steal from vulnerable elderly people continues to grow. Meanwhile, elders' families are so busy with their own careers, families and other demands on their time that they find it difficult to spend as much time with their elderly loved ones as they would like. Often, they live at a distance from the elders. In that environment, exploiters often find opportunities to prey on the elders. The Crown of Life Society illustrates many of the kinds of exploitation that occur, so readers can understand the threat and protect against it. Also, it is a sympathetic look at the struggles involved in family caregiving.
Why is the problem of elder abuse worse now than ever?
There are 41 million people in the U. S. over age 65, and that number will rise to 70 million by 2030. Also, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, one in eight Americans over 65 has some degree of dementia. Dementia can make elders more vulnerable to abuse. So there are more potential victims of elder exploitation all the time. Meanwhile, career criminals and one-time opportunists are finding more and more ways to identify and take advantage of elders who are too naive and too trusting. Whether it is a bogus financial investment or the theft of one's identity to perpetrate Medicare fraud, the number of schemes keeps increasing. A study by Virginia Tech, the Metlife Mature Market Institute and the National Committee For the Prevention of Elder abuse estimates the annual financial loss at nearly $3 billion. The number might be higher, because elders who have been victims often are reluctant to report the loss.
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Where to find William Henry, Jr online

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Books

The Crown of Life Society - a novel
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,310. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
The many ways in which elderly people are exploited for financial gain, and the struggles of families with caregiving responsibilities for elderly loved ones, are illustrated in this novel. The primary villain has established the Crown of Life Society, where women using stolen identities are trained to exploit the elders in their care. Baby Boomers, especially, will be entertained and informed.

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