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09/27/2018

Wolf Administration Presents Keynote at First Greene County Elder Justice Day

Waynesburg, PA – Today, Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne served as the keynote speaker for the Greene County Elder Justice Day. The presentation highlighted the Wolf Administration’s commitment to protecting seniors from all types of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and thanked the Greene County Elderly Abuse Task Force for its collaborative efforts to improve upon the community’s response to elder abuse.

“The first Greene County Elder Justice Day, sponsored by the Greene County Elderly Abuse Task Force, provides information on how to identify elder abuse, report it, and the resources that are available in the community to help support older victims,” said Greene County Area Agency on Aging’s Executive Director Leslie Grenfell.

This observance supports the Greene County Elderly Abuse Task Force’s mission to educate the community and increase awareness regarding varying types of abuse, fraud, exploitation, and neglect of older adults, and the steps to take after identifying abuse. Health care professionals, legislators, seniors, and service providers were among the audience who also heard from guardianship attorney Kathleen A. Gustine, President Judge Farley Toothman, Marie Christinis of the local AAA Protective Services Unit, and a bank fraud/financial exploitation specialist.

“The Wolf Administration has been leading efforts intended to empower, protect, and support all victims of crime, abuse, and harassment, including older Pennsylvanians” said Secretary Osborne. “In communities throughout the commonwealth, including right here in Greene County, the focus on improving how community human and public service agencies work with the criminal justice system in responding to elder abuse overall is helping us to increase awareness, improve responses, and enhance trainings and collaborations, so that ultimately victims are rescued, perpetrators are prosecuted, and a pathway to elder justice is paved.”

Anyone can report elder abuse by calling the 24-hour statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505, or by contacting their local Area Agency on Aging. Pennsylvania law protects those who report suspected abuse from retaliation and civil or criminal liability; all calls are free and confidential.

 

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Drew Wilburne, Aging, 717-705-3702

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