Abuse of elderly man in Ottawa long-term care focus of Dr. Oz Show

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

The abuse of an elderly Ottawa man in a city-run long-term care home last year will be featured on a widely syndicated American television talk show Thursday. Daniel Nassrallah, an Ottawa lawyer whose elderly grandfather was repeatedly struck in the face by a support worker at Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home, said video of the assault will air during an episode of the Dr. Oz Show Thursday afternoon. Nassrallah will be part of a group of guests talking about elder abuse on the show, which was taped in New York in early December. He said the show reached out to him last year after video footage of the assault against his grandfather Georges Karam by support worker Jie Xiao made headlines around the world. Xiao was jailed for the assault, which was captured on video cameras installed by Karam’s family after they began to see unexplained bruising on the elderly man who suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s. Nassrallah said the show looks at Karam’s abuse, as well as “the extent and breadth of elder abuse.” He said the daytime show, which is seen in 118 countries around the world, should help “raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse, not just in Ottawa, but worldwide.”

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