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

  • Report Elder Abuse

    24 HOUR HOTLINE - 1-800-490-8505. Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Preventing Financial Exploitation: What Every Senior Needs to Know

    Information on ways in which senior citizens are being financially exploited and ways in which seniors can avoid becoming victims. Specifically covered are abuse of power of attorney; joint bank account problems; deed transfers; and credit card fraud. Content Detail

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • PROJECT S.A.F.E. (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation) - Elder Abuse

    Information on SeniorLAW Center's Project S.A.F.E. (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation) which concentrates on the areas of elder abuse, domestic violence, and financial exploitation. Content Detail

    By:
    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    U. S. Administration on Aging
  • Pennsylvania Resources on Elder Abuse

    Information from the National Center on Elder Abuse of the U.S. Administration on Aging on resources available to Pennsylvanians to deal with elder abuse. Content Detail

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    National Center on Elder Abuse, U.S. Administration on Aging
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • 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. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Benefits and Rights for Older Pennsylvanians

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

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

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

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association