A growing caseload of senior citizens being abused in their homes has spurred Dauphin County to dedicate a county detective to these investigations.
Roxanne Snider, a former investigator in the county Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Abuse Taskforce, started in her new role in the district attorney’s office in November.
“It’s something I’m really passionate about,” Snider told the county commissioners Wednesday.
The county investigated 450 cases of alleged elder abuse in 2014, which is an increase of 157 percent from 2004, when the Elder Abuse Taskforce formed. More than half the cases last year were substantiated, with most involving theft by family members or trusted caregivers, said Commissioner George Hartwick.