Dozens of social service and law enforcement agencies in the Philadelphia region focus on financial crimes or exploitation involving the elderly.
Each of Philadelphia's suburban counties has an office on aging that can respond to allegations of exploitation or theft as well as other forms of abuse, in many instances by referring the matter to the district attorney. The Pennsylvania State Department of Aging runs a 24-hour hotline where instances of abuse and neglect can be reported: 800-490-8505.
New Jersey's Division of Aging and Community Services offers help online as well as at 1-800-792-8820.
In Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging investigates allegations of abuse. Investigators at PCA's protective services unit can be reached 24 hours a day at 215-765-9040.
Following are other agencies or institutions that assist exploited or abused seniors:
The SeniorLaw Center: A nongovernmental agency in Center City, the center focuses on providing seniors with legal representation on issues ranging from housing to concerns about financial exploitation and fraudulent business practices. Contact 877-727-7529.
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging: 30 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown 18901. Phone: 215-348-0510.
The Chester County Department of Aging Services, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 320, Box 2747, West Chester 19380-0990; 610-344-6350.
The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging, 206 Eddystone Ave., Second Floor, Eddystone 19022-1594. Protective services can be reached at 610-490-1300.
The Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services operates an elder abuse hotline: 1-800-734-2020 from its central office at Central Office at 1430 DeKalb Pike, Box 311 Norristown 19404-0311.
The Burlington County Board of Social Services/Adult Protective Services Program (main county page): Human Services facility, 795 Woodlane Rd., Mount Holly 08060; 609-261-1000.
The Camden County Board of Social Services, Adult Protective Services, (main county page) 600 Market St., Camden 08102. 856-225-8178.
The Gloucester County Board of Social Services (main county page): 400 Hollydell Dr., Sewell 08080; 856-582-9200.