Monday, February 8, 2010

Madison County mission: Stop elder abuse before it happens

A short article in the Suburban Journals written by Ken West, explains how a Madison County coroner is working to prevent elder abuse. The rate of elder abuse is growing and the number of vulnerable elderly people is also increasing.

The point of my comment is that if assisted suicide were legal it could be the perfect cover-up for elder abuse.

The article states:
As a county Sheriff's Department detective and coroner, Stephen P. Nonn has seen some pretty gruesome crimes over his 30-year career. Now, Nonn is trying to stop crimes before they happen among one especially vulnerable slice of the population: the elderly.

"They're easy targets. Someone has to be there to speak for them. By the time my office gets involved, it's too late," said Nonn, the Madison County coroner since 2000.

Nonn and a group of health care, law enforcement and social service professionals have formed the Elder Abuse-Fatality Review Team, a kind of oversight panel to make sure the county's 26,000 elderly aren't being abused. They met for the first time last month.

The goal is to recognize abuse before someone is killed or injured and, in the event a death happens, to see how it could have been prevented. The effort will train health care workers and others to look for signs of abuse. Additionally, every funeral home in the county has a volunteer deputy coroner trained to spot for problems.

"They are my eyes and ears out there," he said.

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