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Department of Aging Protective Services Director Earns Governor’s Award for Excellence


Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Protective Services Director Denise Getgen earned the Governor’s Award for Excellence for her efforts to coordinate and collaborate with programs across state agencies to prevent and assist victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The awards recognize commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency. Getgen is one of 37 employees to be honored for 2016.

“The Wolf administration is dedicated to ensuring that our most vulnerable residents remain active and engaged, and most importantly, protected from all forms of abuse and neglect,” said Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “During her time in service with the department, Denise has worked to raise awareness about elder abuse while proactively and effectively working with stakeholders throughout the commonwealth to ensure that older Pennsylvanians have access to a protective services system that ensure their rights and pave a pathway to elder justice.”

Getgen has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities to combat elder financial exploitation by educating frontline professionals about frauds and scams that target Pennsylvania’s seniors has increased awareness, improved responsiveness, and protected precious resources.  Furthermore, Getgen’s collaboration with the Department of Human Services to implement and grow Pennsylvania’s adult protective services system has assured that vulnerable adults between the ages of 18 and 59 also have access to a protective services program that reduces risks, arranges for services and supports, and enables vulnerable adults to live independently and safely in their homes and communities. 

Getgen is one of 37 state employees to receive the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence for her dedication to public service.

Any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned may file a confidential report at any time with any Area Agency on Aging or by calling the statewide abuse hotline at (800) 490-8505.


For more information on the Governor’s Awards for Excellence, visit For more information on the Department of Aging Protective Services, visit

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