Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 20, 2011
On March 4, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced the creation of the Attorney General Task Force Against Senior Abuse. The task force will be a part of the Attorney General's Office Public Advocacy Division and will target elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, and scams targeting seniors. According to Horne's press secretary, Amy Rezzonico, a key component of the task force will be to coordinate efforts between the office's criminal, consumer protection, Medicare fraud, and community outreach sections to focus on senior abuse.
The Phoenix law firm of Solomon & Relihan applauds the creation of this task force. Solomon & Relihan has been working with victims of elder abuse in Arizona for more than 30 years and knows how serious a problem it is throughout the state. In addition to representing abuse victims, Solomon & Relihan attempts to increase awareness of the problem through its website Nursing Home Advocates and its blog The Guardian. "The problem of elder abuse has been pervasive and frequently unrecognized in Arizona and other states," said a company spokesperson. "Efforts such as those by Attorney General Horne are necessary for increasing awareness of this problem and combating it."
As is illustrated in the description of Horne's task force, one of the hurdles to fighting elder abuse is that it encompasses many different areas: neglect and abuse by nursing home employees and family caretakers, Medicare fraud, and financial exploitation just to name a few. Horne's task force is a crucial step toward overcoming these hurdles.
Fighting elder abuse will take a concerted effort between task forces such as Horne's, local authorities, family members, and advocates such as Solomon & Relihan.
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