PRINTER'S NO. 1941
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
392
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY BROOKS, HAYWOOD, SABATINA, McGARRIGLE, FONTANA,
VULAKOVICH, GREENLEAF, TEPLITZ, BAKER, SCAVELLO, FARNESE, YAW
AND DINNIMAN, JUNE 15, 2016
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, JUNE 15, 2016
A RESOLUTION
Designating June 15, 2016, as "Elder Abuse Awareness Day" in
Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Older Pennsylvanians should be recognized as a
valuable resource to this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, No one is immune to the threat of elder abuse; and
WHEREAS, It is an obligation of all residents to protect the
health, safety and welfare of this Commonwealth's elder
residents; and
WHEREAS, The Commonwealth received more than 20,800 reports
of elder abuse in 2014, and it is estimated that only one in
five cases of abuse is reported; and
WHEREAS, The act of November 6, 1987 (P.L.381, No.79), known
as the Older Adults Protective Services Act, requires that older
adults who lack the capacity to protect themselves shall have
access to and be provided with services necessary to protect
their health, safety and welfare; and
WHEREAS, A partnership exists between the Department of
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Aging, the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging,
the Temple Institute on Protective Services, district attorneys,
county elder abuse task forces and State and local law
enforcement to investigate every allegation of elder abuse; and
WHEREAS, It is necessary to increase awareness of the
incidents of elder abuse and to educate people about the methods
to report suspected cases of abuse; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate June 15, 2016, as "Elder
Abuse Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania and strive to increase
awareness every day about elder abuse and the resources in place
to prevent it from occurring.
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