Elder Issues

Report Indicates PA Must Do More to Fight Elder Abuse

Report Indicates PA Must Do More to Fight Elder Abuse

A recent report by the Pennsylvania Office of the State Inspector General has delivered sharp criticism of how agencies at the county level handle thousands of complaints about elder abuse and how the state supervises investigations into these complaints. It is the state’s duty to ensure that such investigations are reasonable and thorough.

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

As baby boomers hit retirements, bringing with them the largest amount of wealth a single generation has ever possessed, regulators at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) foresee an ever growing number of financial scams designed to separate boomers from their hard-earned savings.

Aging Parents & Unscrupulous Brokers

Aging Parents & Unscrupulous Brokers

Yet another article from The New York Times reminds us that in caring for our aging parents and relatives, not only are we responsible for finding them suitable end of life care and living arrangements, but we must also keep an eye on the people managing their money.

Marvel Comics Creator Needs Superhero to Combat Elder Abuse

Marvel Comics Creator Needs Superhero to Combat Elder Abuse

The federal government has kicked into high gear regarding elder financial abuse. But the best way to prevent it from happening remains to take precautions on your own behalf or on behalf of your parents and grandparents.

Philly District Attorney Launches Unit to Go After Elder Financial Abusers

Philly District Attorney Launches Unit to Go After Elder Financial Abusers

Philadelphia is getting serious about its elder financial abuse problem. As we noted in a recent blog post, the Philadelphia Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would be hosting public awareness talks and meetings to combat the growing problem of elder financial abuse. That announcement was followed by the District Attorney for Philadelphia Larry Krasner's statement that he would be creating a special task unit targeting perpetrators of financial fraud against senior citizens.

Philly Fed Urges Seniors to Use Trusted Contact Program to Protect Wealth

Philly Fed Urges Seniors to Use Trusted Contact Program to Protect Wealth

In a recent pronouncement, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has suggested that anyone - but especially Philly seniors - provide their bankers or brokers with trusted contact information in the hope of cutting down on elder financial abuse.

Trump Admin Reduces Fines on Negligent Nursing Homes

Trump Admin Reduces Fines on Negligent Nursing Homes

Even as reports continue to confirm that abuse and neglect in local nursing homes is a major issue facing our elderly, the Trump administration has elected to scale back fines against nursing homes that harm or jeopardize the well-being of residents.

Philadelphia Nursing Homes: A Pattern of Neglect and Abuse

Philadelphia Nursing Homes: A Pattern of Neglect and Abuse

According to an unsettling new report from the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to fail to adequately investigate complaints about nursing home abuse and neglect in facilities around the state.

New Jersey's Best and Worst Nursing Homes

New Jersey's Best and Worst Nursing Homes

According to a revealing new report by NJSpotlight.com, which organized data provided by investigators who annually inspect 364 New Jersey nursing homes accepting Medicare and Medicaid, “the average New Jersey nursing home has about six deficiencies, ranging from food preparation to fire exits without proper signage and lighting to physical abuse.”

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Controversy

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Controversy

According a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, lawmakers insist that enough nursing homes receiving government subsidies or support remain understaffed, thus increasing profit at the expense of care, to justify subpoenas, investigations, and litigation. The nursing home industry vehemently disagrees, and they have found their own lawyers to drive their point home.

Beware Phony Senior-Specific Investment Professionals

Beware Phony Senior-Specific Investment Professionals

The law prohibits the use of senior-specialization designations by any person who lacks certification from an accrediting organization. This law makes clear that using a phony senior-specific designation that falsely implies some financial expertise in the investment needs of our elderly investors is against the law.

Don't Let Them Suffer In Silence: Stop Elder Abuse

Don't Let Them Suffer In Silence: Stop Elder Abuse

Pennsylvania now has the nation’s fourth-largest population of senior citizens among all US states, with 20% of those seniors over the age of 60. How and where we care for our elderly in Pennsylvania is an urgent issue in need of serious attention.

Elder Abuse: An Underreported Problem in the US

Elder Abuse:  An Underreported Problem in the US

The WHO suggests that Americans may not be aware of the extent of elder abuse in our care facilities because good data is scarce. Indeed, since hospitals and nursing homes in the US are largely privately-owned, if these facilities even keep data regarding elder abuse issues and investigations, they generally do not make that data public - and have no incentive to do so.