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PRINTER'S NO. 964
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
162
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY DiSANTO, COLLETT, J. WARD, ARGALL, BAKER, FONTANA,
KILLION, KEARNEY, BARTOLOTTA, FOLMER, DINNIMAN, SCHWANK,
PHILLIPS-HILL, MARTIN AND VOGEL, JUNE 12, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, JUNE 12, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating June 15, 2019, 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 the obligation of all residents of this
Commonwealth to protect the health, safety and welfare of this
Commonwealth's elder residents; and
WHEREAS, This Commonwealth received more than 32,253 reports
of elder abuse in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, 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 University Institute on Protective Services, district
attorneys, county elder abuse task forces and State and local
law enforcement to investigate every allegation of elder abuse;
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WHEREAS, It is necessary to increase awareness of the
incidents of elder abuse and educate people about the methods to
report suspected cases of abuse; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate June 15, 2019, 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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