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Self-neglect is a major, unrecognized concern among older adults

Self-neglect is a major and often overlooked problem among older adults. In the United States, more than half of the cases of elder abuse reported each year are because of self-neglect, according the National Center on Elder Abuse. “Self-neglect occurs when a person is not able to meet their own daily essential needs, due either […]

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Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force to host panel on combatting elder financial abuse

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Taskforce will host its annual event focused on the steps seniors can take to protect their funds. “Charting the Course to Battle Elder Financial Exploitation” will be held on Friday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

October is National Residents’ Rights Month

October is National Residents’ Rights Month, focusing on the rights and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.”

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Know how to prevent, detect elder abuse

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect or abandonment. In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Older Adult Protective Services 24/7. Reports of suspected elder abuse can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040; 888-482-9060 (toll-free outside Philadelphia); or TDD 215-765-9041.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Pennsylvania attorney general warns seniors of IRS scams

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warns consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from individuals impersonating IRS agents.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Aging Research & Issues: January 16-19, 2018

  • Applying a Treatment Effects Model to Investigate Public Amenity Effect on Physical Activity of the Elderly.  Chia-Yu Yeh, PhD, Chen-Kang Chang, PhD & Feng-An Yang, MS.  Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 72-86 . Published online:  October 11, 2017.  Providing sufficient and accessible parks in metropolitan residential neighborhoods could be one of the most cost-effective ways to promote physical activity for the elderly living in midsize Asian cities.
  • Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men’s Health.  Tyson H Brown PhD, Taylor W Hargrove PhD.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series B – Psychological and Social Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 11, 2018, Pages 188–197.  Published online: August 3, 2017.  Conventional measures of stressors and coping resources—originally developed to account for variance in health outcomes among predominantly white samples—may not capture psychosocial factors most salient for older Black men’s health.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Aging Research & Issues: December 18-22, 2017

  • Professional quality of life of adult protective service workers.  Angela Ghesquiere , PhD, Stacey B. Plichta , ScD, CPH, Caitlin McAfee , LMSW & Geoff Rogers , BA.  Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 1-19.  Published online: November 21, 2017.  A sizable minority of adult protective service workers (22.7%) were at high risk for burnout, 24.6% were at risk for secondary traumatic stress, and 19.9% reported low compassion satisfaction.
  • Armed and Aging: Dementia and Firearms Do Not Mix !  Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi & Mario Di Fiorino.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8,  Pages 647-660.  Published online: October 27, 2017.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Program helps older domestic violence victims

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, shines a light on domestic violence, including abuse between spouses and other intimate partners. SeniorLaw Center (SLC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives and protect the rights of older Pennsylvanians, is also shining a light on a particular aspect of this abuse: its older victims. “Older adults are a hidden population within the domestic violence community, and they can face some unique barriers,” said Dana Goldberg, SLC’s director of victim services.

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