October 17, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL CURRAN HOSTS ELDER ABUSE
TOWN HALL MEETING AT COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME
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 College of Notre Dame of Marylands Knott Science
Center, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, on October 23 at 9:00
a.m. In partnership with AARP Maryland and College of Notre Dame,
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
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 Units
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 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.
event, sponsored in partnership with AARP, is just one in a series
of town hall meetings that Curran has held 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.