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Silence Isn't Golden - Help Stop Elder Abuse

You can help stop elder abuse.

Silence isn't golden.

If you suspect elder abuse call:
 (Statewide Elder Abuse Hotline) or 1-800-243-3767 (Bucks County 24/7 Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline)

About CAOA

As a result of the case of abuse against William J. Neff, Sr., Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons established the Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force as a multi-disciplinary team for the purpose of reviewing, investigating, prosecuting and preventing crimes against older adults.

The task force convenes to review current criminal cases and discuss new investigations. The task force works with local law enforcement and other organizations who advocate for the protection and rights of the older adults of Bucks County.

The Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force members include representatives from the:

Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
Bucks County Consumer Protection
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Bucks County Register of Wills
Network of Victim of Assistance
SeniorLAW Center
USDOJ (US Attorney's Office)

A Case of Abuse

In September 2000, William J. Neff, Sr., an 83 year old man suffering Alzheimer's disease, residing at a Bucks County personal care home, died as a result of five broken ribs and a punctured lung. 

Following a two-year criminal investigation, a health care provider at the facility where Mr. Neff resided was charged with Murder and Neglect of a Care-Dependent Person.

In addition, the Administrator of the facility, the Director of Nursing, another resident assistant and a hospice nurse were all criminally charged and convicted of criminal offenses stemming from Mr. Neff's death.