Pa. courts to study legal problems of older people

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court says older people increasingly face abuse and other issues that involve the legal system, so the justices are setting up a special group to study the problem.

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced the creation of the Elder Law Task Force, which will recommend solutions that might include changes to court rules, new laws, better education and the adoption of approaches that have been effective in other places.

Among the issues being studied are guardianship matters, elder abuse and getting access to the judicial system.

The 38-member task force’s work is expected to take about a year.

Pennsylvania has about 2 million people who are at least 65 years old, the fifth most of any state, and the fourth largest as a percentage of the population.

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