Resources for Older Adults
According to the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the third highest percentage of elderly residents in the United States with nearly 2 million residents over the age of 65. Statistically, senior citizens are favored targets for many kinds of consumer fraud including identity theft, charities, telemarketing and sweepstakes fraud. Older adults are also vulnerable to physical or sexual abuse/neglect. The resources below may be helpful to older adults and their caregivers. CVC Advocates are also available 24/7 for any questions or concerns.
Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General: The PA Office of the Attorney General has an Elder Abuse Unit to investigate and prosecute crimes against older adults.
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) provides assistance to seniors for a variety of matters, including public and private housing, consumer issues, bankruptcy, public welfare, Social Security Disability (SSD) and Social Security Income (SSI), unemployment compensation, simple estate planning, living wills, durable power of attorney for healthcare, general power of attorney, and other matters. On the second Wednesday of each month, a Free Seniors Legal Clinic is available at the Government Services Center (Room 130, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester, PA) from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Further information and appointments are available at (610) 344-6350. LASP also operates a toll-free legal helpline for income-eligible Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Information is available at (877) 429-5994.