Getting help for elder financial abuse

Your older relative — your mother or father, maybe an older aunt or uncle — or a neighbor has fallen victim to financial elder abuse. Whom do you contact for help?

Here’s a guide for those living in Philadelphia, starting with – believe it or not – the local police, just as you would with any crime.

Elder abuse is so rampant that disparate agencies and nonprofits have banded together to form the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force. On June 14, the task force and the Penn Memory Center marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with an event called “Safe Banking & Financial Management Tips for Seniors.”

This column was published on Philly.com on June 30, 2017.