Elder Abuse

Elder Pennsylvanians Deserve Honor & Respect, Not Abuse

Old age is a time to treasure. But for some elder Pennsylvanians, it is a time for tears. No one talks much about elder abuse. It is a shameful secret, kept hidden behind drawn curtains and shuttered windows. But like other forms of abuse, elder abuse happens in all communities, among all races and nationalities.

What is Elder Abuse?

  • Elder abuse is when someone takes the money an elderly person needs to live.
  • Elder abuse is when someone pushes or hits an elderly person who is too frail to defend herself.
  • Elder abuse is when no one watches out for an elderly person who is no longer able to care for himself.
  • Elder abuse is violence, theft, neglect.

Elder abuse will happen again and again in our communities until caring people do something to make it stop. If you know someone who is being abused, neglected or exploited, call your local Area Agency on Aging.

If you know of an elderly person who is being harmed in any way, through self-neglect or from the actions of other people, Call us. We can help. Stop abuse in your community; call 800-252-1512.

Do’s & Don’ts


  • Help them financially when possible
  • Keep track of medicines and doctor’s visits
  • Respect their feelings
  • Visit them regularly


  • “Borrow” the money they need to live
  • Speak to them harshly
  • Strike, hit or push them
  • Treat them like children
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