June 10, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL CURRAN HOSTS ELDER ABUSE
TOWN HALL MEETING AT MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he will host
a town hall meeting to discuss ways to detect and prevent elder
abuse at Montgomery College's Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts
Center on June 12, 2002, at 9:00 a.m. In partnership with AARP Maryland
and the Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute, Curran will
be joined by a panel of experts who will offer insight into the
legal and psycho-social impact of abuse and neglect on the elderly.
abuse of seniors and vulnerable adults occurs all too often,"
Attorney General Curran said. "It not only affects the victim,
but also his or her familyand the impact can sometimes be
Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Patient
Abuse Unit has authority to prosecute cases of physical abuse and
neglect in Medicaid-funded facilities in Maryland. It serves as
a national model for other law enforcement agencies and provides
training locally and nationally on issues relating to vulnerable
adult abuse. Since its inception during Curran's tenure, the Unit
has prosecuted over 100 cases of vulnerable adult abuse."
we are proud of our prosecutorial efforts and will continue to be
vigilant in seeking jail time for those who commit these crimes,
we also recognize the need for education. We want to help those
people who have loved ones in nursing homes or other facilities
who may suspect abuse or who pro-actively want to know how to prevent
it and what to do if it occurs," Curran said.
Montgomery County event, sponsored in partnership with AARP, is
the first of several town hall meetings that Curran plans to hold
throughout Maryland this year. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
membership organization. Through a wide array of special benefits,
services, and information resources, AARP helps its members make
important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most
of life after 50.
more information about the free series, "Protecting the Elderly;
How to Detect and Prevent Elder Abuse," call (866) 298-8245.
note: Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center, in Rockville,
has agreed to grant media access to shoot video and to conduct interviews
with their Administrator, Leah Bowen, R.N. Please contact Leah at
(301)762-0700. The facility is located at 1235 Potomac Valley Road,