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Banks Are Training Employees To Spot Elder Abuse

Banks across the country are training their employees on red flags in bank account activity that would suggest exploitation of an elderly person's finances.  Some of the red flags include a change in the method of bank activity and a new signature on cards and deposit slips. Sometimes, this training is implemented as a part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month.  We hope that all banks in our state will follow suit and provide training for its employees to protect against financial elder abuse!


Elder abuse can come in many forms, not just physical abuse.  Other, equally as damaging forms, of elder abuse can occur in settings such as nursing homes or hospitals.  Mental and psychological abuse, as well as financial and sexual abuse occur all too often to the elderly population.  If you feel that a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact Attorney Doug Stoehr at his Altoona, PA law firm to set up a free consultation.  Attorney Stoehr has experience and knowledge pertaining to elder abuse legal claims, and will work hard to fight for the rights of your family or friend. To contact his office, please call 814-946-4100. 

CARIE Works For The Rights Of The Elderly

This post is a version of a story we originally brought to your attention several years ago, but is, unfortunately, still very relevant today.  Please read this article to learn more about advocating for the rights of our state's senior population!

Interested in advocating for the rights of the elderly?  Are you or an elderly loved one currently undergoing some type of neglect or physical, financial, emotional, or sexual abuse? You might want to consider visiting the following website for valuable resources on educating and protecting yourself from elder abuse.  The Center For Advocacy Of The Rights And Interests Of The Elderly, known as CARIE, has set up a detailed resource page for education on many forms of elder abuse.  Please visit their website for more valuable information. 

Pennsylvania has also stepped up to protect its state's aging population.  The state has set up a statewide elder abuse hotline, which can be accessed by calling this number: 1-800-490-8505.  The hotline is open 24 hours a day and can be used a tipline to report activity related to abuse, neglect, exploitation, identity theft, or abandonment of an elderly PA resident.  Pennsylvania also has local Area Agencies on Aging that can assist in these situations. 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.

Common Scams That Affect The Elderly

Seniors beware! Some areas of the country are reporting an increase of the number of scams, especially now that the warmer months are upon us.  Seniors are unfortunately one of the most susceptible groups for these scammers to target.  Most recently, there have been reports of funeral cons, exploiting grandchildren, and home improvement scams.  To read more about these issues, please click on this link to the Investopedia.com article.

Scams against the elderly are a form of elder abuse that comes under the category of financial abuse/fraud.  Elder abuse is a serious problem and seniors deserve to be compensated for injuries sustained from abuse or neglect. To find out how to hold the responsible party accountable for your or a loved one's injuries, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes nursing home and hospital claims for elderly victims of abuse and neglect.  For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

Dauphin County Is Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse

In the Harrisburg area, a lead detective has been commissioned whose sole job is to investigate elder abuse cases.  The new detective was formerly a police officer in State College and also supervised the area's Department of Aging.  Dauphin County has an excellent reputation across the state for their Elder Abuse Task Force, in which there were 450 reported elder abuse cases last year.  This represents over a 150% increase in reports over the past ten years.  

Most likely, the increase in elder abuse reports is generally due in part to increased awareness of what constitutes elder abuse, as well as the fact that Pennsylvania's population is becoming more and more composed of elderly citizens (which is currently 14% of Dauphin County's population).  For these reasons, many feel that elder abuse will continue to become more common in the coming years. Unfortunately, many elder abuse cases involve people that the victim personally knows, such as family members. 

Elder abuse can come in many forms, not just physical abuse.  Other, equally as damaging forms, of elder abuse can occur in settings such as nursing homes or hospitals.  Mental and psychological abuse, as well as financial and sexual abuse occur all too often to the elderly population.  If you feel that a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact Attorney Doug Stoehr to set up a free consultation.  Attorney Stoehr has experience and knowledge pertaining to elder abuse legal claims, and will work hard to fight for the rights of your family or friend.

Other Professions Are Helping To Fight Elder Abuse

Not only do personal injury attorneys look out for the best interest of their elderly clients in the case of potential elder abuse, other professions do as well.  According to a recent press release by the Financial Advisor magazine, a financial advisory firm has developed a guide that assists financial advisors who are challenged by situations of both elderly clients with diminished cognitive abilities and those who may be a victim of elder financial abuse.  The guide, called "Working with Clients Displaying Diminished Capacity and Recognizing Elder Financial Abuse Guide", is published by Securities America.  Interestingly, the guide has come about as a result of real-life situations in which financial advisors were involved in these elder abuse scenarios and were unsure of how to proceed.  The guide, which appears to be a very practical resources, has a wealth of information including signs that could suggest an elderly client's diminished cognitive ability, as well as how to identify elder financial abuse and what steps to take afterwards.  Personal injury lawyers often litigate cases for elderly victims and their relatives in cases in which sexual, physical, financial, emotional, and/or sexual abuse has occurred.  The continued awareness of occurrences of elder abuse in America, as well as to how to recognize and prevent such instances, is critical to protect our nation's aging population.  

In cases of elder abuse or neglect, it is very important to consult with a lawyer before making any decisions that may result in large legal and/or financial ramifications.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania who takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  Often, these cases come as a result of improper care from a relative or friend, or at the hand of a nursing home or assisted living facility.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.

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