Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office unveils $375,000 grant to help keep elderly residents safe

According to the Action News Data Journalism team, 1,938 cases of financial exploitation of the elderly were reported from 2014 to 2022.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia County Attorney’s Office has announced new means to help keep seniors safe.

A new $375,000 grant aims to help those most at risk in the city.

The money helps hire a forensic accountant to investigate financial exploitation of the elderly.

“I am very pleased to announce the expansion of the DAO’s Elder Justice Unit,” said Carolyn Temin, DAO’s First Assistant, who was instrumental in the formation of the PEAMDT. “As a result of this grant, we are now able to expand services for older crime victims.”

Officials say the funds will also give a boost to medical and other advocacy groups to teach seniors how these crimes work and how to spot the systems.

According to the Action News Data Journalism team, from 2014 to 2022, 1,938 cases of elder financial exploitation were reported in Philadelphia.

And there is concern that many of these financial scams or thefts by older people are underreported.

To report suspected elder financial exploitation to the Philadelphia Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (PEAMDT), call the Task Force Hotline at 215-686-5710.

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