William J. Neff, Sr. Symposium on the Prevention of Crimes Against Older Adults
In September 2000, William J. Neff, Sr., an 83 year-old man with Alzheimer’s, was residing at a local personal care home and died as a result of five broken ribs and a punctured lung. Following a two-year criminal investigation, a health care provider was charged with murder and neglect of a care-dependent person. In addition, the facility’s administrator, director of nursing, another resident assistant and a hospice nurse were criminally charged.
In 2003, all of the health care professionals were convicted of criminal offenses stemming from Mr. Neff’s death. As a result of the criminal case, the Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force sponsors this annual symposium to bring together law enforcement officers, health care and social service professionals to provide education, heighten awareness and facilitate communication about protecting older adults.