July 15, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL CURRAN HOSTS ELDER ABUSE
TOWN HALL MEETING IN LARGO
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 Prince Georges Community Colleges Largo Student
Center Community Room, on July 24, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. In partnership
with AARP Maryland and the Prince Georges Community College
SAGE Program, 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 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 Currans 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.
Prince Georges County event, sponsored in partnership with
AARP, is the second in a series of 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.