Monday, February 1, 2010

Seeking Ideas for Elder Poverty Law Courses

Anyone doing anything fantastic in their clinic or seminar on issues that relate to representing elderly and low-income clients?

To get the ball rolling, here are some ideas from Christine Sgarlata Chung at Albany:
  • We brought in a social worker from a local university's center for excellence on aging.  This person runs a program on financial abuse of the elderly.  We had her talk about perceptions/ misperceptions about elderly victims of financial abuse.
  • We used an AARP video called "The Lure of Money."  It focuses on senior victims of financial abuse.
  • We focused on elderly clients in simulation exercises - particularly interviews. We brought in members of the community to serve as simulated clients so that students could practice with seniors.
  • Students spoke at a number of senior seminars around the community.
  • We also focused on types of financial abuse that commonly crop up in cases involving seniors.

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