Elder abuse reports have increased in Pennsylvania and York County, officials said at Wednesday’s county commissioners’ meeting.
In a proclamation, County Commissioner Doug Hoke said elder abuse reports in Pennsylvania increased by 35 percent from 2007 to 2011.
Stephanie Frey, director of social services with the York County Area Agency on Aging, said York County has seen an increase, as well.
“We’re averaging about 55 reports of need each month,” Frey said during the meeting. “And we’ve really seen a lot of financial exploitation cases.”
Frey said afterward that people can report cases of suspected abuse to 717-771-9610. They can also use 1-800-632-9073.
“We will take that report, and we fully investigate all types of abuse that … are out there,” Frey said.
In addition to financial exploitation, types of abuse can include physical, emotional, verbal and sexual, Frey said.
Wednesday’s proclamation named Saturday as a day dedicated to elder abuse prevention in York County. Hoke said there are about 86,000 county residents age 60 or older.