July 3, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL CURRAN HOSTS ELDER ABUSE
TOWN HALL MEETING AT FREDERICK COMM. 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 Frederick Community Colleges Conference Center, 7932
Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. In partnership
with AARP Maryland and Frederick Community College, 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 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 in
the past two years. 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
more information about the free series, "Protecting the Elderly;
How to Detect and Prevent Elder Abuse," or to reserve seats
by July 14 for this space-limited event, call (866) 298-8245.