Preventing Elder Abuse Was The Talk In Pottsville Today

Published 05/14 2014 05:46PM

Updated 05/14 2014 06:43PM

Elder abuse is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and the challenge is to motivate people to get involved and report such abuse-- A monument was dedicated today in Pottsville to elder abuse victims-- The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance or SEAPA marked ten years fighting elder abuse--  Georgene Fezoriska, Chairperson of SEAPA, said, "I do think it's a hidden crime some of the forms of elder abuse are hidden and the more we get out into the community and talk about it have people feel more comfortable reporting it and I think we're going to receive more reports and we're going to touch those it's happening to and haven't come forward--"  Brian Duke, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department Of Aging, told Eyewitness News, "It is a growing problem in the past couple of years on average we had about 18,000 reports of need that came to our attention and that number continues to grow--"  SEAPA is comprised of individuals who work with the elderly including  long term care professionals, law enforcement, and clergy--  Many of those in attendance at the monument unveiling say they had witnessed elder abuse or were victimized themselves--   Rose Kern of Mahanoy City said, "This monument is very important people have to look at it and understand what it stands for and read the words on the bottome of it-"  The words on the monuments read: "For no other reason than we will all be old--" Investigators urge anyone with information about elder abuse to call police--

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