Task Forces

The Institute has worked to establish task forces throughout Pennsylvania to address victimization of older adults. These task forces are hard at work collaborating to prosecute cases of victimization, breaking down walls that have preventing effective responses to victimization and educating the public to recognize and prevent victimization. Here, you can keep up with the efforts of the task forces.

York County forms task force to combat elder abuse

Wednesday November 5th 2014
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A new task force will aim to combat an increasing problem in York County: Elder abuse. The new initiative will see members of the private sector team up with local law enforcement and county officials to identify needs of the county’s older adults in order to better protect them from abuse. Dianna Benaknin, director...
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Luzerne, Wyoming County Elder Abuse task forces to hold seminars

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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FACTORYVILLE — The Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force will sponsor two seminars this month.The first is a “Senior Abuse and Fraud” seminar that will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Mathewson Park Apartments, 6 Maple St., Factoryville. Representatives of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Victims Resource Center will...
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Johnstown man accused of stealing from sick, elderly aunt

Friday July 18th 2014
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RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Richland Township man has been arrested and accused of stealing from his 75-year-old aunt in the last few months of her life. Police are calling it a classic case of elder abuse with a twist. Richland Township police said they’re not surprised by the case. They told 6 News...
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Elderly Shippenville Woman Victim of Scam; Florida Man Accused of Promising her $1,000,000 Jailed

Tuesday July 15th 2014
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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Florida man is in Clarion County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing as a result of a scam in which he allegedly promised an elderly Shippenville woman a check for a million dollars after she sent him a large sum of money. Clarion Borough Police, along with PSP Clarion, and...
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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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Seminar focuses on financial scams against elderly

Tuesday June 17th 2014
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(Philadelphia) American seniors have lost an estimated $2.9 billion in financial scams in the last decade, and financial institutions need to do more to protect them, experts suggested at a meeting Monday. Jason Karlawish, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies seniors and memory loss, said this is a public health problem...
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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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Elder abuse on the rise

Monday March 31st 2014
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(part 1 of a 5 part series “Coming of Age”) Snow, freezing rain and harsh winds buffeted the house on River Road in Tinicum. When the power went out, some people flicked on generators to keep the essentials going — heat, hot water. Others drove to the homes of family or friends who had...
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Two Middle Paxton Twp. women accused of neglect of 88-year-old woman

Thursday March 20th 2014
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Two Middle Paxton Township women are facing charges for the neglect of an 88-year-old relative, who investigators say was living in a home full of rotten food, trash and animal excrement, which resulted in serious injuries. Dauphin County investigators filed charges against two Middle Paxton Township women after an 88-year-old relative was found to...
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