Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spanish orderly admits to kiling 11 retirement home residents

An orderly at a Spanish retirement home has admitted killing 11 residents, reports say.ccJoan Vila, 45, said he poisoned them with bleach, an overdose of insulin or drugs at the home in the north-eastern town of Olot, Spanish media reported.  He had confessed to killing three residents "to end their suffering" when he was arrested in October.  He then told a judge on Tuesday that he had killed another eight, the Spanish news agency Efe reported.  The confession came 10 days after a judge ordered the eight bodies exhumed as part of an investigation into suspicious deaths at the La Caritat home.  Doctors first alerted police after they found burns to the mouth and throat of an 85-year-old woman who died last month.  Mr Vila then confessed he had killed the woman and two others by forcing them to drink bleach.  In his latest confession Mr Vila told a judge he killed another six with a mix of drugs and two from an overdose of insulin, Efe reported.

Source/more:  BBC

November 30, 2010 in Advance Directives/End-of-Life, Discrimination, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

AoA launches Affordable Care Act News, a monthly newsletter on health care reform and seniors

The Administration on Aging (AoA) has launched a new e-newsletter devoted to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the impact on the Aging Network. 

The new law strengthens Medicare, reduces fraud, and closes the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage known as the ‘donut hole.’  In 2018, Medicare Beneficiaries can expect to save on average almost $200 per year in premiums and over $200 per year in coinsurance compared to what they would have paid without the new law. The Affordable Care Act also takes a number of steps that improve health care for people with Medicare and with Medicaid.  The Aging Network can play a critical role in making this happen.

Through this newsletter, you can:

* Learn about upcoming funding and training opportunities,

* Find relevant notices in the Federal Register, and 

* Hear from others across the country about their involvement in putting health care reform into action. 

Below is the table of contents.  You can read the November issue of Affordable Care Act News from AoA at: http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/docs/November292010.pdf

Table of Contents
Top Story
Spotlight: The Aging Network’s Contribution to the Three Part Aim
Federal Notices
Medicare Part B Premiums
Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for Calendar Year     (CY) 2011
Prevention Task Force Solicitation
Establishment of the Independence Advisory Council under CLASS (the Community Living      Assistance Services and Supports Program)
New Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) and Demonstration
Programs Established
Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared     Savings Program
Joint AoA-CMS Letter Promoting Opportunities for Coordination Related to Section Q     Implementation (Return to the Community Referral)
New Information Collection for Evaluation of Practice Models for Dual-Eligibles    and Medicare Beneficiaries with Serious Chronic Conditions
Upcoming Events and Trainings
Community-Based Care Transitions Conference
Webinar Coming Soon: Getting Involved in Care Transitions
State and Local Resources and Activities
AoA Region VII Strategy Meeting
AoA Region V Strategy Meeting
CMS and AoA Visit Care Transition Sites in Atlanta
‘Straight Talk’ Resources from the National Council on Aging (NCOA)
State Refor(u)m Website from National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP)
‘Long-Term Care in Brief’ Series from the National Association of States United for Aging and     Disabilities (NASUAD)
‘New Opportunities for States’ Fact Sheets from Families USA
Affordable Care Act in Action: Medicare Fraud Prevention Summits
Aligning Incentives for Quality: Remarks from the Secretary
What Are You Hearing?

November 30, 2010 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Estate Planning Alternative Spring Break Opportunity

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 5

Want to serve a community in need?

Want to get a head start on clinic experience?

Want to meet law students from across the country, work with real clients and learn from licensed, practicing attorneys?

Be a part of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alternative Spring Break Conference.  This Conference combines educational discussion with real-life client interaction.  Students can choose between three tracks: Advance Directives (Estate Planning), Pro Se Divorce or Non-Profit Advocacy (non-legal).

The Public Action Law Society at the University of Memphis will be hosting Memphis students and out-of-state students as well.  Housing costs, but not transportation, will be provided for out-of-state students.   The Conference is March 7 – 11 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Interested students should join “Memphis Alternative Spring Break 2011” on Westlaw’s TWEN site, located at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.  Students can download the application under the header "Course Materials."  Applicants should submit the signed, completed application in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to the assignment drop-box.  The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at noon.  Applicants will be notified via email by Wednesday, January 12.   Send questions or comments to cgjuneau@memphis.edu.

 

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From the Elder Law Studies eJournal

"Social Security Spouse and Survivor Benefits 101: Practical Primer Part II (Or Another Reason to Put a Ring on It)" 


American Bar Association – Section of Taxation, News Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1, Fall 2010

FRANCINE J. LIPMAN, Chapman University - School of Law
Email: lipman@chapman.edu
JAMES E. WILLIAMSON, San Diego State University - College of Business Administration
Email: james.williamson@sdsu.edu

As the country and courts continue to debate the importance of marriage in a variety of contexts, when determining Social Security benefits it is clear that marriage matters. Marriage matters for Social Security benefits planning because of meaningful spouse and survivor benefits. Given the broad and deep devastation of a record recession on retirement and saving accounts, including the continuing demise of defined benefit plans with joint and survivor benefits protection, Social Security benefits, generally, and spouse and survivor benefits, specifically, have become and will continue to be a more significant percentage of retirees’ income. As a result of the interplay between recently phased in changes under 1983 legislation and amendments under the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2000, it is critical that Social Security benefits timing analysis becomes a more important part of many retirement plans. In this article, we describe how to use these changes to devise strategies to maximize Social Security spouse and survivor benefits.

November 24, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

National Associatin of AAAs call for proposal--Dec. 3 deadline

The 2011 Call for Presentations is Open!

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is requesting workshop proposals for presentation at the n4a 36th Annual Conference & Tradeshow. More than 500 Area Agency on Aging and Title VI Native American aging program professionals from across the country attend the conference each year. You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise - your Answers on Aging - with your colleagues in the Aging Network.

n4a is looking for innovative proposals that: engage the AAA and Title VI audience in sharing their knowledge and concerns about the topic, discuss innovative programs that are successful and replicable nationwide, and cover topics that are current and relevant to our mission.

In 2011, the first Boomers will turn 65 and the Older Americans Act is up for reauthorization. Make sure you are part of the action when the n4a Annual Conference takes our nation's capital by storm! Use the focus areas below as your guide when submitting your proposals.

 

  • Advancing Our Advocacy and Civic Engagement
  • Building Livable Communities
  • Cutting-Edge Older American Act Programs
  • Embracing the Opportunities in the Affordable Care Act
  • Enhancing the Way We Do Business
  • Expanding Options for Community Living
  • Highlighting Title VI Programs and Services
  • Leading the Way in Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Promoting Healthy Aging
  • Strengthening Benefits Outreach and Enrollment
  • Working with Diverse Aging Populations

 

Click here to submit your proposal. The 2011 Call for Presentations closes Friday, December 3rd, so don't delay!

November 20, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND PARTICIPANTS: 2011 Health Law Teachers Conference

Co-Sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to be hosting the 33rd annual Health Law Professors conference on June 9 – 11, 2011, in Chicago, IL. This will be a fantastic opportunity to share your knowledge in health law and policy, learn the newest teaching techniques and visit with colleagues and friends. We have some wonderful surprises in store for you.

The success of this conference ultimately rests upon our masterful presenters and discussion leaders. We are soliciting proposals for presentations in the following areas:

A. Current or recently completed research or field study involving any area of health law and policy.

B. Works in progress by junior colleagues seeking feedback in a workshop-like atmosphere.

C. Case study presentations and panels on specific health law topics that will involve participants in a highly interactive discussion.

We are also seeking panelists for two substantive plenaries:

D. “Future Teaching Methodologies for Health Law.” We are especially interested in hearing from folks who are using innovative teaching approaches/methodologies to connect with their students.

E. “Clinics and Social Justice.” We are encouraging participation by clinical faculty working in direct client service and advocacy clinics.

Finally, we are offering expedited publication in a special issue of our journal, Annals of Health Law, for all participants interested in publishing their presentations or papers.

Submit proposals & interest in participation HERE -- ideally by December 3rd.

Please email healthlawteachers@luc.edu with questions.

November 17, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 15, 2010

DOJ puts standards for accessible design 2010 online

he Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.

The Department has assembled this official online version of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards) to bring together the information in one easy-to-access location.  It provides the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36).

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (HTML)

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF -- screen) (4.1mb)

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF -- print version) (4.8mb)The Department has also compiled guidance on the 2010 Standards from the revised regulations for Titles II and III. This explanatory information from the regulations addresses the scoping and technical provisions of the 2010 Standards.

Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (HTML)

Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF - screen) (2.3mb)

Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF - print version) (4mb)

November 15, 2010 in Discrimination | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

More from the PUBLIC HEALTH LAW & POLICY eJOURNAL

"The National Individual Health Insurance Mandate: Ethics and the Constitution" 

Hastings Center Report, September/October 2010
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 10-53

LAWRENCE O. GOSTIN, Georgetown University Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Email: gostin@law.georgetown.edu

Within weeks, after signing the nation’s first comprehensive health insurance reform, twenty states filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Bill’s most politically charged featurem - an individual purchase mandate. If anything, the tax penalty is too low compared with the cost of insurance, so it may not sufficiently incentivize healthy individuals. But it remains deeply controversial because it compels individuals to purchase coverage they choose not to have, raising the question whether Congress can lawfully and ethically require individuals to contract with, and transfer money to, a private party. To be sure, the individual mandate lacks a clear American precedent. (It has worked successfully in other countries, such as Australia). Compulsory automobile insurance, for example, is a state (not a federal) requirement, operates as a condition of exercising the privilege of driving, and requires coverage for injuries to others (not to the insured).

The absence of health insurance creates harmful consequences, including lower quality of life, increased morbidity and mortality, and higher financial burdens. Many individuals cannot afford insurance, but others choose not to insure; >9 million people earning >$75,000 had no coverage in 2007. Yet, many previously healthy people suffer illness or injury, requiring treatment in emergency departments, most of which is uncompensated. “Free riders” rely on society to pick up the costs ($43 billion in 2008) through: (1) higher insurance premiums (>$1,000 annually) and higher taxes (e.g., hospital subsidies, Medicaid, and Medicare). Individuals often delay purchasing health insurance until they become ill, creating an “adverse selection” problem for insurers. At its worst, free riding and adverse selection result in a downward spiral of increased premiums and a shrinking insurance pool, making healthcare less affordable for everyone.

The pivotal constitutional concern is that government will penalize individuals for failing to buy health insurance (“doing nothing. Here, I show why failing to buy health insurance is far from “doing nothing”, and I explore the alternative federal powers under the constitution: regulating interstate commerce and taxing to raise revenue and discouraging risk behavior.

Comprehensive healthcare reform envisages a social contract, which recognizes that all of us may become ill one day and where everyone shares the cost. The mandate is not an unjustified limit on freedom, but rather is vital to a decent society. If the social contract must be accomplished the “American way” through the private system, then the simple logic of insurance has to prevail, which is to spread the risk among everyone—rich and poor, healthy and sick, young and old alike. And for that to happen, the judiciary will have to uphold the individual purchase mandate.

November 15, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, November 12, 2010

AoA November newsletter now online

Access the full newsletter.

Here's the Table of Contents

Top Story

        November Is National Family Caregivers Month
              
AoA News

        AoA’s National Family Caregiver Support Program Celebrates 10 Years
               
        November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
               
        Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee on Veterans Day 2010
               
        AoA Recognizes Native American Heritage Month
               
        Population Data on Older American Indian Adults Featured in AoA’s
          November Widget
               
        Eldercare Locator Takes on a New Look for a Rapidly Aging Population
               
        2010-2011 Influenza Campaign
               
Other HHS News
      
        Medicare Open Enrollment
               
        AHRQ Launches New Website for Men
               
        Hospitalizations for Medication and Illicit Drug-related Conditions on
          the Rise among Americans Ages 45 and Older
               
More News
      
        Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students
               
        NCOA to Sponsor Webinar on Vision and Aging

        Additional National Observances in November

Conferences   

November 12, 2010 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

PUBLIC HEALTH LAW & POLICY eJOURNAL

"The Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (2009)" 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Email: helpdesk@huduser.org

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to present the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), the fifth in a series of reports on homelessness in the United States. The reports respond to a series of Congressional directives calling for the collection and analysis of data on homelessness.

The AHAR reports provide the latest counts of homelessness nationwide — including counts of individuals, persons in families, and special population groups such as veterans and chronically homeless people. The report also covers the types of locations where people use emergency shelter and transitional housing; where people were just before they entered a residential program; how much time they spend in shelters over the course of a year; and the size and use of the U.S inventory of residential programs for homeless people.

With the 2009 AHAR, we now have three complete years of data on the numbers and characteristics of sheltered homeless people, how they became homeless, and how they used the homeless services system. This is important, because we can begin to see discernable trends in homelessness, including the effects of the recession and of changes over time to the homeless services system.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

National Aging and the Law Conference--special hotel rate ends Nov. 17


The NALC Conference is December 9-11, 2010 

The special hotel rate offer at the Westin Alexandria  expires November 17, 2010.  Hotel may sell out before then.  Make your reservations today using this link.

November 10, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Shriver Center hosts free webinar on protecting vulnerable populations

Free Webinar: Safeguarding the Rights of Vulnerable Populations
During Modernization of Electricity Distribution

Many public utilities are upgrading or are planning to upgrade to
"smart grid" technology, but the changes might have a disproportionate
burden on low-income, disabled, and elderly people. Unless adequate
protections are built into the planning and implementation of smart
grid technology upgrades, these vulnerable populations may face
termination of service, hunger, health risks, or even death.

Join the Shriver Center's Clearinghouse Review for a free one-hour
webinar on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST/10
a.m. PST) to learn more about the smart grid and its impact on
low-income, disabled, and elderly people. Julie Nepveu, Senior
Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation, will discuss smart grid
basics, federal requirements, and how advocates in jurisdictions
facing these issues have responded. Dan Lesser, Senior Attorney at the
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will give an update on
climate change legislation affecting low-income clients.

Webinar registrants will each receive a free copy of a Clearinghouse
Review article on "What Is the Smart Grid and Why Should We Care?".
REGISTER TODAY: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/860972730

November 10, 2010 in Discrimination | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Free Webinar: Safeguarding the Rights of Vulnerable Populations During Modernization of Electricity Distribution

Many public utilities are upgrading or are planning to upgrade to “smart grid” technology, but the changes might have a disproportionate burden on low-income, disabled, and elderly people. Unless adequate protections are built into the planning and implementation of smart grid technology upgrades, these vulnerable populations may face termination of service, hunger, health risks, or even death.

Join the Shriver Center’s Clearinghouse Review for a free one-hour webinar on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST/10 a.m. PST) to learn more about the smart grid and its impact on low-income, disabled, and elderly people. Julie Nepveu, Senior Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation, will discuss smart grid basics, federal requirements, and how advocates in jurisdictions facing these issues have responded. Dan Lesser, Senior Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will give an update on climate change legislation affecting low-income clients.

Webinar registrants will each receive a free copy of a Clearinghouse Review article on “What Is the Smart Grid and Why Should We Care?”.

REGISTER TODAY: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/860972730

Ilze Hirsh

Vice President of Communication Programs

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

50 E. Washington St., Suite 500 Chicago, IL  60602

(312) 368-3323

ilzehirsh@povertylaw.org

www.povertylaw.org

November 10, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Us DOJ consent decree will require major ADA compliance changes at Hilton chain hotels

On November 9, 2010, the United States filed a Complaint and Consent Decree in United States District Court for the District of Columbia to resolve an investigation into Hilton Worldwide, Inc. (HWI), formerly, Hilton Hotels Corporation, for a pattern and practice of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by its owned, managed, joint venture, and franchised hotels.  The Complaint alleges that HWI failed to design and construct its hotels after January 26, 1993, in compliance with the ADA, by failing to provide accessible guest rooms with roll-in showers for individuals with mobility disabilities, failing to disperse designated accessible guest rooms across various classes of rooms and amenities, failing to reasonably modify its policies, practices and procedures to accommodate individuals with disabilities, and failing to provide individuals with disabilities the same opportunity to reserve accessible guest rooms using the Hilton telephonic and internet central reservations systems.

HWI owns, operates and franchises more than 2,800 hotels throughout the United States under various trade and service names and marks including, Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites, the Waldorf Astoria, and Home2Suites. 

Key provisions of the Consent Decree include the following:

  • Non-Discrimination: HWI will not engage in any practice that discriminates against individuals with disabilities in violation of Title III of the ADA;
  • Accessibility Surveys of Owned and Joint Venture Hotels: HWI will conduct surveys of all HWI owned and joint venture hotels built after 1993, to assess whether these hotels fully comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADA Standards) in areas open to the public, including designated accessible guest rooms;
  • Accessible Guest Rooms in Owned and Joint Venture Hotels: HWI will ensure that all HWI owned and joint venture hotels built after 1993 have the required number of designated accessible guest rooms with roll-in showers  and designated accessible guest rooms for individuals with hearing impairments within four years;
  • Accessible Additions to Owned and Joint Venture Hotels: HWI owned and joint venture hotels that build additions will ensure that the additions and path of travel to and through the additions built after 1993 fully comply with the ADA Standards;
  •  Accessibility Surveys of Franchised and Managed Hotels: HWI will require all Hilton franchised or managed hotels that experience a triggering event, defined as entering into a new franchise or management agreement, a change in ownership, or a renewal or extension of a franchise agreement, to conduct a survey of its facilities and to certify that the hotel complies with the ADA;
  • Independent Monitoring of Franchised and Managed Hotels’ Accessibility: HWI will hire an ADA consultant to review the surveys provided by the hotels subject to the Consent Decree, conduct on-site inspections to verify ADA compliance and will file a report annually with the court;
  • Increased Accessibility at Franchised and Managed Hotels: HWI hotels that do not comply with the ADA must develop and submit a plan to the ADA consultant detailing how and when it will comply with the ADA requirements;  HWI hotels will have seven years to complete all remediation;
  • Increased Information about Accessibility in Reservations: HWI will ensure that the Hilton reservations systems, both telephonic and internet based; provide information about the availability of accessible rooms, as well as details about the configuration, amenities, and views available in each accessible room, and that individuals with disabilities are able to reserve accessible rooms with specific features and amenities;
  • Web Site Accessibility: HWI will improve the accessibility of its websites by bringing them into compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level A;
  • Reservations Policy to Ensure Availability of Accessible Rooms: HWI will institute a reservations policy for accessible guest rooms that will hold open two non-premium accessible guest rooms as the last rooms sold at each hotel;
  • New Company Standards to Ensure ADA Compliance: HWI will amend its brand standards for all its brands to require ADA compliance in new construction and alterations, to require training for employees, to designate an ADA contact person at each hotel in its in-room guest materials, and to amend its Quality Assurance reviews to incorporate ADA compliance;
  • Prototype Plans and Designs: HWI will ensure that its prototype building plans or designs comply with the ADA;  
  • Company-Wide Accessibility Point Person: HWI will designate one national ADA Compliance Officer who will serve as the primary HWI administrative contact on disability issues for all HWI brand hotels;
  • Expanded Employee Training: HWI employees whose essential job functions require them to interact with hotel guests, along with front desk employees, general managers, and chief building engineers, will under training on some or all of the following topics – how to deal with guests with disabilities, proper assignment of accessible rooms, emergency procedures for guests with disabilities, reasonable modifications of policies and procedures for guests with disabilities, maintenance of accessible features, the provision and use of roll-in showers with fold-down seats and removable tub seats, and the operation of communications equipment for guests with hearing impairments.
  • Civil Penalties: HWI will pay a civil penalty of $50,000.

Read the full order/decree.

November 9, 2010 in Discrimination | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 8, 2010

NYTimes Editorial: The Crisis in Public Housing

Published: November 4, 2010

After nearly two decades of weak financing from Congress, a large number of the public housing developments that shelter 2.3 million of the nation’s poorest, most vulnerable people are falling apart.

The scope of the problem was underscored in a recent article in The Times by Cara Buckley. Unable to pay for basic repairs, the local housing agencies that manage federally owned developments have boarded up or torn down 150,000 units in the last 15 years.

The unmet needs for public housing are staggering and will only get worse if Congress fails to provide more help. Today, because of financing shortfalls, only one in four families that qualify for federal rent support receive it. Families that do get to lease public housing units must often wait 10 years or longer for the opportunity.

Public housing units are set aside for low-income people, a majority of whom are elderly or disabled. Residents typically pay a third of their meager incomes in rent. Congress is supposed to make up the shortfall between the rent and what it costs to maintain buildings but began to renege during the 1990s, forcing local housing authorities to put off crucial repairs.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says that the majority of the nearly 1.2 million public housing units are sound. But many buildings that pass inspection still have serious problems — leaky roofs or crumbling masonry — that must be dealt with. By HUD’s estimates, it could take as much as $32 billion to catch up with all of the needed repairs.

There is little hope that Congress will allocate that much money to public housing any time soon. But a draft bill from Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat of Minnesota, would help local housing authorities. It would boost federal subsidies from about $7.2 billion this year to about $8.5 billion. It would also streamline hopelessly complicated rules so that housing developments have more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars. Most importantly, it would lift regulations that forbid local housing agencies from borrowing to cover building repairs, a common practice in the real estate industry.

Some lawmakers worry that borrowing might place buildings at risk of foreclosure. But the greater risk lies in doing nothing and watching the stock of public housing decay and more families end up homeless.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Call for Papers: Aging as a Feminist Concern

January 21-22, 2011, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

Aging is a feminist issue. The elderly, especially the oldest of the old, are disproportionately female. Among the elderly, women are more likely than their male peers to face a number of challenges, including poverty, disability and isolation. Yet, the legal academy, including feminist legal theorists, is only just beginning to pay attention to old age and its implications. This workshop will advance this agenda by bringing together a diverse group of scholars to explore the relationship between feminist theory, law and policy, and the concerns of the aging. We will focus on understanding how the relationship between age and gender can be theorized, as well as exploring how feminist legal theory can inform policy and law in the U.S. and abroad.

Feminist legal theorists are in an excellent position to advance progressive and transformative theories about aging. The form and content of the negative stereotypes older adults are frequently subjected to parallel negative stereotypes about women. Like women, the elderly (both men and women) have traditionally been cast as mentally inadequate, frail, and in need of protection by outsiders. Both age and gender – and out-dated conceptions of each – have historically been cavalierly used as convenient proxies for other, more germane, characteristics. In addition, older women face many of the same gendered inequalities of younger women in contexts ranging from domestic violence to employment discrimination. Further, the growing population of older women raises distinct issues of caretaking whether the older woman is serving as caretaker or as the care recipient.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

The Workshop begins Friday at 4PM in room 575 of Emory Law School, followed by dinner in the Hunter Atrium. The Law School is located at 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA. Presentations and panels continue on Saturday from 10AM to approximately 5PM. Lunch will be provided.

For information on paper topics and submission guidelines, click here:Download Call for Papers - New (2)

November 3, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NYT: Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

Renee Packel used to have a typical suburban life. Her husband, Arthur, was a lawyer and also sold insurance. They lived in a town house just outside Philadelphia, and Mrs. Packel took care of their home and family.

One day, it all came crashing down. The homeowners’ association called asking for their fees. To Mrs. Packel’s surprise, her husband had simply stopped paying them. Then she learned he had stopped writing checks to his creditors, too.

It turned out that Mr. Packel was developing Alzheimer’s disease and had forgotten how to handle money. When she tried to pay their bills, Mrs. Packel, who enlisted the help of a forensic accountant, could not find most of the couple’s money.

“It just disappeared,” she said.

For more of this story, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/health/healthspecial/31finances.html?_r=2&src=me&ref=homepage

The Vanishing Mind:  Articles in this series are examining the worldwide struggle to find answers about Alzheimer’s disease. Previous Articles in the Series »

November 3, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Issue of ABA's Bifocal

Check out the below link to the October 2010 issue of Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging.

Link to: http://new.abanet.org/aging/PublicDocuments/Oct_10_ABA_Bifocal_J.pdf

In this issue:

- ABA Commission to Develop Pocket Guide on Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse (by Lori Stiegel)

- In Search of Adequate Funding for Legal Assistance for Low-income Seniors (by David Godfrey)

- ABA Commission Welcomes Distinguished New Members

- Report Shows Women Affected Most by Alzheimer's Disease (by Jamie Philpotts) 

- GAO Report on Guardianship Underscores Need for Standards, Training, and Monitoring

- ABA Commission Offers Legal Externship Opportunities for Winter/Spring 2011

- Plus: Free CLE Webinar on Representing Veterans: Establishing Service Connection on Disability Claims

- Register Now for the National Aging and Law Conference: www.aarp.org/nalc

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging distributes Bifocal six times a year to elder bar section and committee officers and members, legal services providers, elder law and other private practitioners, judges, court staff, advocates, policymakers, law schools and elder law clinics, law libraries, and other professionals in the law and aging networks.

To subscribe or to submit news or a manuscript for consideration, e-mail Jamie Philpotts at philpotj@staff.abanet.org. Include the word "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject heading.

November 1, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

China's census will reveal important information about changing demographics

China began tallying its population on Monday for the first time since 2000, an arduous task likely to be made even tougher by the need to count scores of millions of migrant workers in the nation’s big cities.

The government said it had sent more than six million census-takers out to survey 400 million households, including the shantytowns and dormitories that often house rural men who have flooded into the cities to work in factories and on construction projects.

In the five censuses since the Communist government took power in 1949, migrants were listed as living where their homes were registered instead of where they actually lived. By disregarding the hukou, as the registration regime is called, the government hopes to get its first accurate count of city dwellers.

The last major census a decade ago counted 1.265 billion mainland Chinese citizens, of which 807 million were placed in rural areas. The latest United Nations estimate two years ago projected that the population would reach 1.396 billion this year, and the organization’s 2003 estimate projected that by this year the population would be split about equally between cities and rural areas.

But analyses vary widely, and the sheer volume of migrants — 160 million is the middle ground of estimates — are a demographic wild card that could reshape perceptions of China’s population. The 2010 census is expected not only to better document the rural-to-urban migration, but to shed new light on a number of impending demographic shifts, including a rapid fall in the number of young people, a similarly sharp growth in the number of elderly and a decline in the size of the workforce.

Those and other trends may lessen some of the social and economic pressures on Chinese society, like the furious scramble to create enough jobs for new workers. But they are also likely to create others, including rising costs for social services like pensions and changes in the structure of the economy.

Census officials said in a briefing last week that they were taking extra steps to encourage cooperation from some classes of citizens who might hide from census-takers, including undocumented migrant laborers and families that have quietly violated a 30-year-old policy limiting many households to one child.

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