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the abandonment of an elderly person, especially a relative, at a hospital, bus station, etc.

a mean-spirited abandoning of an elderly person in a unfamiliar area by a caregiver

noun phrase

The abandonment of helpless and destitute old people by families that cannot care for them: Some overwhelmed families turn to granny dumping, abandoning their relatives at hospital emergency rooms/ John Kingery, 82, victim of Alzheimer’s, found abandoned in his wheelchair at a dog track, drew national attention to the phenomenon of grandpa dumping (1991+)


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