LORDS VALLEY – Elder abuse can take many forms. Taking advantage of senior citizens, an issue in society in general, is no stranger in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Tackling the challenges is the Pike County Elder Task Force, a coalition of local senior citizen services, law enforcement, local legislators and other concerned parties.
Information was presented on June 2nd at the second annual Elder Justice Day, hosted by the Task Force at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Hall on Route 739. Several dozen seniors attended.
Speakers included PA Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne; Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin; Katrina Boyer, the PA Department of Banking and Securities outreach liaison; Ronald Costen, Ph.D., Esq., the legal director for the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University and Mary Bach, chairwoman of the AARP Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force. Topics included: Scams, bank fraud, ID theft, reverse mortgages, elder abuse, investigating and prosecuting crimes against the elderly.