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Friday, March 1, 2013

Older Adult Protective Services Offered

Older Adult Protective Services Offered

elderabuse“Elder abuse” is a crime and sometimes an invisible one. The pain and misery of abuse are not always manifested as visible cuts and bruises. Pilfering of Social Security checks or other types of financial exploitation, self or caregiver neglect, and emotional/physical abuse are examples of cases sometimes uncovered locally.

Potter County Area Agency on Aging offers Older Adult Protective Services to those 60 years and older who may be at risk of serious injury, death, financial exploitation, abuse, neglect or abandonment. Services are offered which will reduce or remove the risk to the older adult. Calls of concern are strictly confidential and may be made anonymously. Call 1-800-800-2560 or 544-7315 during normal business hours, or call 911 after hours. Potter County recently had its Older Adult Protective Services Program monitored by the Pa. Dept. of Aging and was found to be in full compliance with no deficiencies.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

How does one "Self Neglect" themselves? Perhaps they are old enough that they don't really care, which is their perogative not the office of aging's. I'm so sick of these communists social service departments knowing more than the people that pay them. If I'm 60 years old and want to starve myself to death then that's my business. These people just look for excuses to justify their jobs. What a joke. "Self Neglect."

Anonymous said...

hey 12:10

starving yourself sounds like a really good idea.

Anonymous said...

There are many older adults in need of help, all things listed are things i have seen, self neglect, lets see unable to take showers,comb your hair,and even get a hot meal for and by yourself. It's not that they want to let themselves go they are just no longer ABLE. Sometimes their own CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE OR TAKE THE TIME TO SEE IF PARENTS ARE ok or need help. NO I an not a county employee, I am one who Helps others,who need A caregiver. So please before you start bashing, think before you open your mouth, because I have seen it all, could even have been someone you know.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, take a vacation 12:10 ! I hardly think this agency is just looking for way to justify spending your hard earned tax dollars. How is it that you know so much about "self neglect" ? And where did you get your definition ? If I were give my OPINION on what I THINK it means.... I would say: When a person gets older and is no longer physically or mentally capable of taking care of themselves. They might forget to do everyday things like eating, bathing, cleaning up after themselves. IE: "Neglecting themselves". Not by CHOICE but maybe because they don't realize these things are important anymore. A healthy diet, good hygiene and a safe living environment are pretty important don't you think ? I don't think it's a waste of money to ensure that the elderly are cared for. If you think it's a waste of your tax dollars, then do the rest of us a favor and don't ever get old.

Anonymous said...

It's sad but true that the elderly suffer. I personally know of a woman that has been getting her social security money taken from her every month for many years by a couple of her children. Protective services was called but they said that wasn't their area to investigate!

Anonymous said...

The goverment is the biggest Elder Abuser. They give me SS which I have paid in for 40years Not enough to live on then they take out for medicare which I paid into a health care for 40 years and never used it Thank God Now they uped my medicare payment my insurance supplement up my payment so now I have very little left to buy food and gas and electric.They have it down pat because i tried to get help for my utitles and they said I make $5.00 to much but I am $20.00 short from what I made last year because they uped my medicare. If I was young and never worked and was on welfare I would get it all. Green card food stamps car utitiles and even a cell phone. This is elder abuse.They even get treated first at the hospitals. They just want the elderly to die.

Anonymous said...

Jeez 7:09, stop being such a taker.

You need to pick yourself up by the bootstraps. No more free Obama money.

What we need are more tax cuts for the rich. Why should we punish a successful billionaire just so you can live?

I heard that on TV, it must be true.

Anonymous said...

Want to help the eldery? Trade the benefits that we give the crooks in jail/prison with those in nursing homes. The crooks cry that they have it bad when our seniors would love 1/10 of what they crooks get.