August 28, 2016 |
Fearful that someone is stealing money from your parents or grandparents, or that an elderly loved one may be exploited for financial gain? Emily Cardin was, after her mother began sending money to a man she'd never met in person but with whom she had corresponded on Match.com. That was seven years ago. "My mom lost $60,000 and her home," said Cardin, who lives in King of Prussia. "All of us saw she wasn't acting logically, but she wouldn't believe us. My theory is that she was in the early stages of dementia.
June 14, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a widow and have been seeing someone for two years. He often stays at my home. He treats me well, but we have different tastes in furnishings. He brings me trinkets and tacky accessories from his home that I do not display. My spare bedroom closet is filled with these unwanted items. He knows I can afford to buy the things I like. Recently, he gave me two gifts - both new - neither of which I feel are appropriate for me. I appreciate the thought, but why would he continue to do this?
May 15, 2016 |
Paralleling a national trend, nearly 800 cases of elder abuse were reported last year in Chester County - a 35 percent jump over the previous year, the county said Friday. Also on Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging published a draft of its State Plan on Aging, a strategic plan it develops every four years to address issues faced by Pennsylvanians 60 and older. The state has the fourth-highest percentage of that age group in the country. Among other things, the plan calls for improving data collection on abuse reports, expanding protective services for the elderly, and getting the word out about services available.
April 26, 2016 |
When she was more than 100 years old, onetime New York socialite Brooke Astor became America's most famous case of financial elder abuse. Her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of stealing tens of millions of dollars of her assets. Her grandson Philip Marshall testified against his father and helped put him in jail. Today, Philip Marshall does speaking engagements around the country, talking about the red flags of such abuse. "For years, my battle for my grandmother, and my battle against my father, consumed my life - and consumed our family," he said.
April 5, 2015 |
In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman . The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago, the author, certain that Mockingbird was her first and last work, decided that Watchman should not be published. Fifty years later, she changed her mind.
December 6, 2014 |
The neighbors on Haworth Street had suspected for months that something was wrong. They almost never saw Prane Paciunas, the elderly woman who lived in the immaculate house on the corner, and when they did manage to speak with her, she didn't seem herself. She'd lost weight. Her pantry was bare. And her live-in caretaker, Jean Dombrowski, had stopped letting people inside, neighbors say. Between February and November of this year, Paciunas' neighbors and fellow parishioners say, they tried to seek help for her - notifying the Philadelphia Corp.
November 26, 2014 |
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge. Plane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, about a week after she was found "barely alive" in her living room, wrapped in a quilt on a bed covered with trash bags, prosecutors said in an interview Monday.
February 26, 2014 |
A Cobbs Creek man faces a slew of felony charges after, District Attorney Seth Williams said, he swindled a 93-year-old man out of at least $95,000 over three years by impersonating Williams. For several years, Raymond Campbell, a retired federal government worker and a World War II veteran, had hired Shelton Thomas, 47, to cut his grass, Williams said. In June 2011, Thomas told Campbell he had been arrested for dumping grass cuttings in an "unauthorized dumpster" and said Campbell had to pay his court costs and fees, Williams said.
October 20, 2013 |
CONSHOHOCKEN It's a frigid January day when a neighbor calls police after seeing an 82-year-old friend outside without a coat. Officers help the elderly woman back into her home, where they find bone-thin cats amid scatterings of kitty litter, garbage, and piles of paper. No relatives can be located to come and support their kin. What would you do? That was one of the case studies based on real incidents presented to panelists Friday at a conference looking at ways to prevent elderly abuse.
March 8, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - No criminal charges will be filed after a care worker's attention-grabbing refusal to perform CPR on a resident of a Central California independent-living facility, police said. The Bakersfield Police Department said Wednesday that it had closed its investigation into the death of Lorainne Bayless, 87, who died Feb. 26 at Glenwood Gardens while a nurse there refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to administer CPR, and ignored repeated requests to find someone else who would be willing.