DeLissio recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Capitol

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., marked Elder Abuse Awareness Day this week at the Capitol, voting for a House resolution Wednesday.

Across Pennsylvania this week, officials and senior care workers joined in sending a message that elder abuse is a preventable crime that requires public officials and private health care providers to work together and make each day better than the last for seniors.

“As a devoted advocate for good long-term care policy and a former professional in the field of senior housing and services, I know how important it is to be vigilant and to educate the citizens about the many forms of elder abuse, and how to recognize potential abuse as we interact with our neighbors and fellow church members or those residing in care facilities,” DeLissio said. “It takes a knowledgeable voice and adequate funding to address the problem, and I am proud to continually stand with great advocates of abuse awareness in the Capitol, as well as here in the 194th Legislative District.”

Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. Signs of abuse can include unexplained bruises, burns or broken bones, lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing, unexplained weight loss, social isolation, changes in banking habits or giving away possessions without reason.

DeLissio said that anyone who suspects elder abuse should call the 24-hour statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505, or contact their local Area Agency on Aging. In Philadelphia, you can call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging at 215-765-9000, and in Montgomery County you can call the Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging at 610-278-3601. Pennsylvania law protects those who report suspected abuse from retaliation and civil or criminal liability; all calls are free and confidential.