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Emergency Protective Services for Older Adult Victims of: Elder Abuse, Neglect, Abandonment, & Exploitation Crisis Intervention

Protective Services provides crisis intervention services for older adults who may be victims, or potential victims, of:

  • Elder Abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Exploitation
  • Neglect

Please click here for more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to prevent elder abuse. If you suspect elder abuse, please report it by calling 1-800-490-8505. You can remain anonymous, and staff is available 7 days a week, 24 hour per day. Once someone reports a suspected case, a Protective Services worker will meet with the older adult to investigate the allegations and develop a care plan to reduce risks.

Protective Services Program at Blair Senior Services, Inc.

The Protective Services Program helps people age 60 and older who may be at risk for abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. A Protective Services worker will meet with the consumer to investigate the allegations and develop a care plan with the consumer to reduce the risk. The majority of the Protective Services cases are self-neglect and they have also seen an increase in financial exploitation cases. Older adults can be victimized by scams or by a Power of Attorney misusing their money. Protective Services workers investigate all forms of elder abuse whether it occurs in the community or in a long term care facility. To learn more about Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Protective Services program, call (814) 946-1235.

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.


The "Welcome to Medicare" event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.


In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania's Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.


"We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania's Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud," said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. "We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns."


Older adults can register for this event here


The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 .



Department Of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries With Information On Eligibility, Coverage Options