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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.

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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Elder abuse: How to help stop it

Monday June 17th 2013
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The Montgomery County Estate Planning Council presented a seminar recently on “Elder Abuse: How to Spot It and How to Stop It.” The expert panel discussed how our aging population in Pennsylvania is increasingly vulnerable to abuse, with financial exploitation having risen to the third most common form of elder abuse (following self-neglect and...
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Woman gets probation for stealing more than $100,000 from mother

Wednesday May 29th 2013
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Woman gets probation for stealing more than $100,000 from mother

Maryann Logan Originally Published May 29, 2013 09:28 By BRETT HAMBRIGHT Staff Writer bhambright@lnpnews.com  A Lititz woman will serve eight years on probation for bilking her 95-year-old mother of more than $100,000 while serving as her caregiver. Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright also ordered Maryann Logan to pay back $98,251 that she still owes...
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Charged with taking almost $700,000 from elderly in-laws

Tuesday May 28th 2013
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A Delaware Valley School Board member who abruptly resigned last week and his wife have been charged with defrauding nearly $700,000 from her elderly parents, one stricken with dementia. Police say John R. Fisher and his wife, Sue, of Milford Road in Dingmans Ferry, tricked her father, Robert Hoover, into signing a letter that...
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Huntingdon County Elder Justice Day

Monday May 20th 2013
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MT. UNION, HUNTINGDON COUNTY – Local and State officials who deal with elderly abuse investigations say they have a growing problem on their hands. A large meeting was held in Huntingdon County on Friday to help seniors learn to protect themselves and their neighbors. Organizers of the session say there are too many people...
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Supreme Court’s Elder Law Task Force Will Tackle Growing Abuses to Older Pennsylvanians

Friday April 19th 2013
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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has formed an Elder Law Task Force, chaired by Justice Debra Todd, to study the growing problems involved in guardianship, abuse and neglect, and access to justice. The task force has been charged by Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille with recommending solutions that include court rules, legislation,...
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