Recently, phone scammers have been targeting Pennsylvania seniors across the state. An article by GoErie.com highlighted this phenomenon, which is important for all elderly citizens and their family and friends to know about! According to the article, a representative from the PA Department of Aging reported that these scams are not uncommon among their 52 area agencies, which represent all 67 PA counties. Many of these scammers pretend to be calling on behalf of friends or family members who are having emergencies and need money sent to them. If an unknown person does call, it is important to never give any personal information, credit card information or your social security number to anyone you don't know over the phone.
Sometimes, audits bring up things you would never believe. According to TribLive.com, an auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered that the department refused to accept anonymous complaints against nursing homes for almost three years. Halting these complaints violates federal policy, and also potentially puts many elderly residents into harm's way. There was no rationale discovered for halting these reports. According to the TribLive article, "Complaints increased 63 percent after the agency rescinded the policy of not accepting anonymous complaints, the audit said." Many other interesting facts were discovered in the audit, including not enforcing certain laws requiring a set number of direct nursing services for residents each day.
Are you interested in learning about how to successfully age and prevent elder abuse? Take a minute and read this recent article posted by the Daily News. The article, which was written by an expert in the field of aging, tooks a look at some preventative measures and cautions friends and family members can take to avoid the physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse of their loved ones. The article also highlights some interesting, but depressing, statistics such as the fact that about 5 million Americans suffer from some form of elder abuse every year. Additionally, only 1 out of 23 cases of elder abuse is actually reported, which makes these statistics a potential underestimate of the incidences of elder abuse in our country. Also take a minute and check out the elder abuse resources on our own website, StoehrLaw.com, to see what kind of legal protection your loved ones have against elder abuse.
Incidences of elder abuse are, unfortunately, common across all walks of life and socioeconomic groups. However, elder abuse in less affluent populations is something that is becoming increasingly common. Senior adults in lower-income brackets have reported increased incidences of physical, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse in recent years. The Huffington Post also recently ran an article about the phenomenon, which can be viewed by clicking this link.