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The Institute on Protective Services at Temple University is works to serve vulnerable adults. We provide our services of training and consultation across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On this page, you can stay up to date on what we’re doing.

Superior Court Affirms Ruling Against Knox Man Found Guilty of Stealing $250k from 88 year old Aunt

Wednesday September 24th 2014
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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed the Nov. 6, 2012, conviction of a Knox man for the theft of over $250,000.00 from his 88-year old aunt. David Lynn Patton, of Knox, was found guilty in Clarion Court of Common Pleas on a total of 95 counts of Theft by...
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Funeral director accused of stealing $300K from elderly neighbor

Thursday June 19th 2014
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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A funeral director in North Philadelphia is under arrest, charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman. The 89-year-old victim’s niece and nephew contacted the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging a year ago.  Police say after a year-long investigation, funeral director Antoine Turay turned himself in today...
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Hornbrook Memorial Award given to The Institute on Protective Services

Tuesday May 20th 2014
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Hornbrook Memorial Award given to The Institute on Protective Services

The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) hosted its third annual Hornbrook Memorial Awards luncheon at The Greystone Restaurant on May 14.  The luncheon was held in conjunction with the dedication of a monument to the victims of elder abuse. (read more about the monument here) The awards are named in honor of John...
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Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance commemorates 10 years

Thursday May 15th 2014
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Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance commemorates 10 years

“For no other reason than we will all be old.” Those are the words engraved on the monument dedicated Wednesday to serve as both a memorial to victims of elder abuse and a call to action for those that see it. The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance purchased the memorial to commemorate its 10th...
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Calling attention to elder abuse

Friday April 25th 2014
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JOHNSTOWN — As far as states with the oldest populations go, Pennsylvania hovers near the top, depending on which statistical report you read. Along with an ever-growing elderly demographic comes more instances of seniors being abused or cheated out of money. Local community leaders and officials from the state Department of Aging organized a...
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Senate Committee Hosts Senior Care Roundtable Discussion in Abington

Monday January 20th 2014
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Abington – Jan. 8, 2014 – Experts and advocates for proper senior care today told a state Senate panel that there is more Pennsylvania can do to protect and care for its senior citizens. “Pennsylvania’s growing population of senior citizens has earned the right to have healthy, happy retirement years,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe),...
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Elder Exploitation: PA Hearings on Protective Services Tackle Tough Topics

Thursday January 2nd 2014
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Elder Exploitation: PA Hearings on Protective Services Tackle Tough Topics

By Katherine C. Pearson Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has been holding a series of hearings on elder abuse, in anticipation of potential amendments to the state’s Older Adult Protective Services Act.  The hearings offer presentations and panel discussions with experts speaking from different perspectives, including administration, law enforcement, providers, and advocates from various organizations. I was...
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Richmond Township woman charged with stealing money from her father

Friday September 6th 2013
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A Richmond Township woman has been charged with stealing $83,146 from her father while she had power of attorney status because of his declining health. Karen. L. Schuler, 54, of the first block of Schuler Road remained free to await further court action following arraignment early Thursday before Senior District Judge Richard A. Gatti...
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Elder Abuse: Allegations of Financial Exploitation

Monday August 12th 2013
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PRESS RELEASE:  District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis has announced that the Dallas Borough Police  Department and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, with the assistance of Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging and the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University, have made the arrest of Sharon Mae Jacobosky on...
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Nephew stole 93-year-old’s life savings

Monday August 12th 2013
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A Pen Argyl man is charged with 17 counts of theft and related crimes for depleting the life savings of his 93-year-old uncle by using power of attorney and converting property and money for his personal use, according to the Lehigh County’s District Attorney’s Office. Scott Lee Bartholomew, 52 of the 100 block of...
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