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 currently looking to take advantage of seniors. Area agency on aging representatives say the number of elderly abuse cases reported to them is going up at an alarming rate. That’s why they are looking for some additional help keeping seniors safe.
More than 150 older residents from across Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties gathered in the mount union senior center to learn how they can avoid becoming a victim. The seniors were warned that they can fall victim in a number of different ways and often that physical or financial abuse can come from people they know. Some of seniors attending the elder justice seminar say their next step will be to urge others to watch out for cases of possible senior abuse. Because the number of fraud cases involving seniors continues to grow, organizers of the conference say they are delivering a very important message to those who attended.
A regional agency on aging official attending the Huntingdon County Conference said there were more than 18-thousand cases of elder abuse reported in Pennsylvania last year and the number of cases continues to grow each year.
(Editor’s Note: Dr. Ronald Costen, Esq,, Director of the Institute on Protective Services, served as emcee of the program)
This article by Kevin Flanigan highlights the WTAJ evening news story which can be viewed on We Are Central PA.com