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.
There is a new executive order by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf that is attempting to improve the lives of both PA's seniors, disabled citizens, and those who work with them. Within this order, Governor Wolf is allowing the workers who provide services to seniors and disabled persons to choose a representative to discuss workers' concerns and suggestions with state officials. However, some of our state's citizens appear unhappy with this order. On what side does your opinion fall? Take a look at the opinion article in a recent edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and let us know what you think!
How much do you know about recognizing and preventing elder abuse? Forbes.com just addressed this issue, which can be found by clicking this link. According to their article, there are 5 main ideas to focus on when combating elder abuse--awareness, brain health, caregiving, economics, and resources. To learn more, please visit their news article!