Lieberman hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing in her handling of Hugo's affairs, and a New Jersey appellate court has affirmed the judge's decision to strip Hugo of her legal rights.
Helen Hugo speaks about her life after a guardian took control.
Yet four different psychiatrists who have examined Hugo have said she doesn't need to be in such a restrictive type of guardianship.
One even said she showed no signs of dementia.
On her most recent cognitive test, earlier this year, Hugo scored 28 out of a possible 30 points. A score of 23 or lower is considered a indicator of cognitive impairment.
Nearly four years after being diagnosed with "progressive cognitive decline," she's sharp enough to hold a long conversation, critique President Barack Obama's leadership skills, and discuss the legal process that led to her placement in a county-owned nursing home, Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Northfield, Atlantic County.
"Did I need to be here? No," Hugo told an Asbury Park Press reporter who visited her in the cramped room she shares with another resident.
"Because my life was OK before. I used to go to the senior center. I had Meals on Wheels," she said.
The life she knew is a distant memory now. Outside the window by her bed, a summer sunset splashed golden light and lengthening shadows across the grass and trees.
Another day had passed her by.
"I miss my own stuff. I miss my cat. I miss being able to come and go, cook my own food. I just miss having a normal life.
"And this," Hugo said, looking around her disinfectant-scented surroundings, "is not what I consider a normal life."
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