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This section of has information and resources about Elderly Abuse and Exploitation issues in Pennsylvania.

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Protection From Abuse

Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on the protection available to you under the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act.

SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)

The statewide toll-free SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (877-727-7529) - provides free legal advice, information and referrals by telephone for all Pennsylvania seniors 60 and over.

Cover Sheet for Interstate Enforcement of a Protection Order from Aging Safely

Aging Safely has created this free program that can create a cover sheet for your protection order when traveling outside your area of residence. When you put the cover sheet on top of your protection order, it makes it easier for the courts and police in other states to enforce your order.

Safety Planning Form from Aging Safely

Aging Safely has developed this online interview that will help you prepare a free safety plan if you or a loved one are in an unsafe situation.

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF]

Living Trusts

This publication from the Erie County Bar Association outlines what a living trust is, who needs one, advantages and disadvantages of having one, as well as myths and scams involving living trusts. (February 2019)


Information on the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act from the Erie County Bar Association.

Protection from Abuse

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF]

Elder Financial Abuse (Video)

This video from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities aims to educate professionals about how to identify the signs of elder financial abuse.

Preventing elder financial abuse: Guide for family and friends of people living in nursing homes and assisted living communities

This guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans is designed to help family members and friends of people living in nursing homes and assisted living communities learn how to prevent and report elder financial abuse.

Reporting elder financial abuse: Help for family and friends of people living in nursing homes and assisted living communities

This quick reference resource from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is focused on how to report elder financial abuse. This can help you quickly find the right resources in a tough situation.

Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse and Neglect

Information from Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect.

Caregiver Neglect and Abuse

Informational brochure on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Care-Dependent Neglect Team that works to protect seniors and vulnerable citizens from harm or abuse at the hands of a caregiver.

Financial Planners or Scammers

Consumer Advisory from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General about solicitations from so-called experts offering financial and estate planning services.

National Center on Elder Abuse

Website dedicated to to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.

Area Agencies on Aging

Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the front door for aging services in your community. Your AAA is staffed with skilled workers who can provide information about services and also assist in obtaining access to those services. Use this finder to locate the specific Area Agency on Aging that covers your county.

Protection Orders: How to File for a Protection Order in Pennsylvania (Video)

This video from the Pennsylvania Courts provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to file for a protection order. The video will prepare victims for what to expect when they file a protection order by offering a detailed description of each step involved in the filing process.

Benefits and Rights for Older Pennsylvanians

This booklet provides information about aging services available across the commonwealth. [PDF]

Money Smart for Older Adults

Older adults can be attractive targets for financial predators both known and unknown to them. "Money Smart for Older Adults" from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is designed to help older adults, family caregivers and others prevent, recognize, and report financial exploitation.

Protection From Abuse (PDF)

This fact sheet from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania offers a brief overview of the Protection From Abuse Act.

Northampton County: Protection From Abuse Information

Information on Protection From Abuse services in Northampton county.

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