The Pennsylvania Department of Aging marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) with the launch of two new online education resources.

June 15th, 2022 by Lori Gerhart

New Webpage Focused on the Growing Problem of Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

Our new financial exploitation resource webpage features information for older adults, caregivers and other aging professionals on warning signs, preventive measures, and an expandable menu of resources on key topics such as banking and finance, legal services and dementia.

Future resources will include short educational videos from our Financial Exploitation Task Force experts explaining financial exploitation topics in everyday terms, as well as, a social media tool kit.

Learn about Financial Exploitation by visiting www.aging.pa.gov/FE

New Elder Abuse Awareness Web-based Training

This interactive module is available to Commonwealth employees, Pennsylvania’s aging network and the public. The module was developed to reach a broad audience and covers the four major types of abuse and how to recognize them; signs to watch for, mandatory and voluntary reporting of abuse, when and how to report, and more. The training takes about 20 minutes to complete.

This training is available on the PDA Learning Management System (LMS).

Access the Online Training Module via PDA-LMS
To access the online training module click the above button or navigate the path below:

  • Visit https://www.pda-lms.org
  • Scroll to the Training Resources section (see screenshot below)
  • Select Elder Abuse Awareness Training
PDA-LMS homepage showing where to find the Elder Abuse Awareness Training.
(Note: Non-Commonwealth employees will not receive a certificate of completion for this course. Commonwealth employees who wish to have their completion certified can access this course by searching Elder Abuse in My Training on www.myworkplace.pa.gov). 
WEAAD is an opportunity for people and organizations to take action to protect older adults by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what can be done to stop it.
Learn More About WEAAD Activities and Resources
Financial Exploitation is Elder Abuse: Report it 1-800-490-8505Anyone suspecting elder abuse should call the statewide reporting hotline at 1-800-490-8505, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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