SeniorLAW Center’s Executive Director testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Public Safety Committee on April 12, 2013 on elder abuse and elder justice, convened by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. “Today we truly have a crisis of elder abuse and exploitation in our city and in our nation,” noted Executive Director Karen C. Buck, Esq. “Seniors’ homes are being stolen through fraudulent deed conveyances and they and the thousands of grandchildren seniors are raising are being illegally locked out of their homes by unscrupulous landlords who take the law into their own hands and defy any notion of due process. They are defrauded by contractors who take the money and run, leaving seniors’ homes to deteriorate and become uninhabitable, leaving them no place to age in place. Financial exploitation costs older Americans $2.5 billion nationally… Elder abuse is also raw violence — often at the hands of their own family members, in seniors’ homes, where the great majority of seniors live,” she added.
“We welcome any opportunity for greater collaboration with our City’s leaders in law enforcement, in this Council, with the Nutter administration and with all other governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in the City, as all should be highly concerned about the health and welfare of our over quarter of a million seniors.” In detailing SeniorLAW Center’s partnerships with the Philadelphia Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, SeniorLAW Center appealed for greater collaboration, awareness and responses to the crisis by all of Philadelphia’s leaders. “We need your partnership and support to serve the thousands of older victims, grandparents, veterans, and homeowners who need our services and our advocacy. To make this City — home to one of the largest and most vulnerable populations of seniors in the country — one that truly demonstrates respect for our elders and their safety, dignity and well-being. We look forward to working with you to make Philadelphia a national leader in pursuing elder justice.”
Read the full testimony here