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 Long ago, the author, certain that Mockingbird was her first and last work, decided that Watchman should not be published.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.
March 7, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Relatives of an 87-year-old woman who died after a nurse at her retirement home refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to perform CPR expressed satisfaction with the care she received, saying her wishes were to die naturally. Meanwhile, the company that owns the facility now says its worker failed to follow proper procedures. Lorraine Bayless' death last week at Glendale Gardens, a Bakersfield independent living facility, prompted outrage after a seven-minute recording of the 911 call was released.
February 20, 2013 |
ALICE THURNAU never left the hospital after suffering brain bleeding and a broken arm, hip, ribs, eye socket and sinus bone when she was knocked to the sidewalk in front of her Port Richmond home while being robbed of her purse. Esther Ayodele had no signs of life when paramedics found her at her son's Germantown home. The medical examiner found 273 bruises, and wounds on every part of her 5-foot-2, 98-pound body. Iris Galarza looked like a homeless drifter as she walked the streets of Kensington with plastic bags on her feet and reeking of urine.
February 19, 2013
WHERE to report elder abuse or get information about it: * Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's Elder Justice Project: 215-686-9669 * Philadelphia Corporation for Aging help line: 215-765-9040; pcacares.org * Pennsylvania Department of Aging hot line: 1-800-490-8505 * National Center on Elder Abuse: ncea.aoa.gov * Emergencies: 9-1-1 - Mensah M. Dean
July 25, 2012 |
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.