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July 25, 2012 | Jason Nark
ACCORDING TO the state Attorney General's Office, Pennsylvania has the third-highest percentage of older residents in the country, with approximately 2 million residents over age 65. With the multitude of baby boomers approaching their golden years, more children and relatives will be counting on outside help to care for the elderly, through caretakers, nursing homes and social-service agencies. The Attorney General's Office created an elder-abuse unit in 2006 for this reason, and if you have an elderly relative in someone else's care, the unit says to be mindful of strange bruises or injuries, unaccounted bank-account activity and a marked change in behavior when the caretaker is around.
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October 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
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May 15, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
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.
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November 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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April 8, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Two more workers have been arrested and charged in the abuse of an elderly dementia patient at the Quadrangle, a well-known nursing-care facility in Haverford, police said Thursday. The abuse was caught on hidden camera. The arrests came as officials confirmed that the state Department of Public Welfare, which oversees licensing and inspections, was conducting a "parallel" investigation of the facility. Investigators were on the scene Wednesday, said Mike Race, a DPW spokesman.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
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June 30, 2002 | By Robert F. O'Neill INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
He would never raise a hand to his elderly mother, but his inability to hold a job at age 45 and his dependency on her had made him a verbal tyrant. That is elder abuse. Her aged father lives with her and her husband, but he is confined to his room and eats alone, cut off from family activities. However subtle, that, too, is abuse. Elder abuse takes many forms, according to the county agencies set up to provide protective services for seniors. It could be financial, psychological or even sexual, all just as inappropriate - and criminal - as a physical beating.
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April 6, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, NQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County woman has been charged in a case of elder abuse at a well-known retirement home after she was allegedly caught on tape by the family's "nanny cam. " Samirah Traynham, 22, of Yeadon, an employee of the Quadrangle in Haverford, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, harassment and neglect of a care-dependant person, according to court documents. Bail was set and Traynham was remanded to the Delaware County jail. Lois McCallister, a 78-year-old woman with dementia, told her daughter Mary French, that she was being "punched and slapped" by staff at the nursing facility.
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October 18, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The photographs were ghastly: images of an aging Philadelphia nursing-home resident, her bedsores so deep and gaping that bones were exposed. A few months after a lawmaker paraded those prints around the Pennsylvania legislature in 1995, a tough law was born. The statute made it a crime for caretakers to neglect such helpless people, and allowed the worst offenders to be given sentences as harsh as those that some murderers got. Proponents hailed it as a long-awaited cudgel against elder abuse; critics cried overkill.
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August 28, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Dr. Jason Karlawish, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 6, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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November 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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February 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 8, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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