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An older Pa. woman was placed under guardianship. Her family says the system betrayed her.

An ongoing lawsuit spotlights Pennsylvania’s vexing system for safeguarding vulnerable older adults from potential fraud and other conflicts when they are declared legally incapacitated.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

What is the state of nursing home and assisted living facilities within Pennsylvania and what are some ways to make them better?

To provide some insight on the state of assistant living and nursing home facilities within Pennsylvania and ways to make them better, Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, Margie Zelenak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association and Anne Adams, 95-year-old assisted living resident in Lancaster, illustrator and author of the art book, The People I see, joined us on Monday’s The Spark.

By Aniya Faulcon

Pennsylvania Dept. of Aging creates new unit to investigate elder financial abuse

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s new financial abuse specialist team hopes to protect the elderly from financial abuse.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

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State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has taken the extraordinary step of marshaling state employees to handle investigations for a Philadelphia nonprofit that fields allegations of the neglect or abuse of older people.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

State presses Philadelphia agency over elder abuse, neglect

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration became so concerned about how three cases of neglect or abuse of older people were handled in Philadelphia that it is ordering improvements at an agency there.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Pa.’s looming dementia care crisis, by the numbers

Experts warn Pennsylvania is headed for a profound eldercare crisis as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rates continue to climb. Statistics illustrate the cause of their concern.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

‘Protected them to death’: Elder-care COVID rules under fire

Pandemic restrictions are falling away almost everywhere — except inside many of America’s nursing homes.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press