County Human Services


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15

Elder Abuse is a growing problem in our community!

June 15th marks a day that goes unnoticed by many, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day was dedicated by the United Nations in 2012 as a result of the growing global concern of elder abuse.  While this day observes the concern of elder abuse on a large scale level, it’s important to understand that this concern is happening in our own neighborhoods.  

During the year 2016 there have been 1,014 elder abuse investigations initiated by the York County Area Agency on Aging.  These reports vary in content, some alleging physical abuse, self-neglect, neglect by care takers, or financial exploitation. Investigations take place both in the community and in facility settings such as nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities.

Elder Abuse can sometimes be very hard to detect, as many of these older adults are isolated and are dependent on their abuser for care and assistance on a daily basis.  It isn’t an easy fix, and there are often complex social and medical issues that are accompanying the concerns.

The hardest part of investigating Elder Abuse is that as adults, there is free will to make choices that result in the presenting concern.  Often time’s investigators will provide education and resources, if not a permanent solution. 

With the influx of reports, the York County Area Agency on Aging remains dedicated to spreading awareness and information about this issue.  If you are concerned about an adult over the age of 60, please contact the York County Area Agency on Aging to discuss your concerns.

Reporters may remain anonymous, and caseworkers are available any time of day to receive both emergency and non-emergency reports.  Callers can call into 717-771-9610 or  1-800-490-8505.  Elder abuse is a community problem that requires concern and initiative on all our parts. You do not have to be right about the abuse occurring, just that you have enough information to be concerned. 

Written by Jennifer Weitkamp, Protective Services Supervisor II
York County Area Agency on Aging

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