Friday, November 12, 2010
Here's the Table of Contents
November Is National Family Caregivers Month
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
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
Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students
NCOA to Sponsor Webinar on Vision and Aging
Additional National Observances in November
Monday, September 20, 2010
Don't miss the 5th Canadian Conference on Elder Law, to be held for the first time in Toronto this fall!
This Conference will bring together a unique gathering of experts and leaders in elder law and policy, with over one hundred presenters and plenary speakers on our Conference programme. Our Keynote Speaker is the Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who will bring his distinctive experience to address law reform and access to justice for Aboriginal Older Adults. Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Barbara Hall and Dr. Jane Barratt of the International Federation on Ageing will discuss the opportunities and challenges of a shift to a rights-based approach to elder law, and Public Law Commissioner Frances Patterson of the Law Commission of England and Wales, Justice Marcia Neave of the Victoria Supreme Court and Dr. Patricia Hughes of the Law Commission of Ontario will consider approaches to law reform that include older adults.The Conference Dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Ontario's legal clinic system in advancing the rights of older adults. Our Keynote Dinner Speaker will be Roger Smith of JUSTICE, a leading United Kingdom law reform and human rights organization that works to improve the legal system and access to justice.
The 2010 Conference on Elder Law will take place October 29th to 30th at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. A Conference pre-day on October 28th will bring together the World Study Group on Elder Law.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn and meet the leaders in the field of older adults and the law! Reduced room rates are available at the Delta Chelsea until September 26th, so be sure to book your room if you have not already done so.
Registration is now open and full details are available at http://www.bcli.org/news/events/conferences. Early bird registration rates are available until September 30th, so don't wait to register!
To download the conference poster, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2akvflr. If you have already registered for the conference, kindly forward this e-mail to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder to receive disability benefits, a change that could affect hundreds of thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. The regulations from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will take effect as early as Monday and cost as much as $5 billion over several years according to Congressional analysts, will essentially eliminate a requirement that veterans document specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused PTSD an illness characterized by emotional numbness, irritability and flashbacks. For decades, veterans have complained that finding such records was extremely time consuming and sometimes impossible. And in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans groups assert that the current rules discriminate against tens of thousands of service members — many of them women — who did not serve in combat roles but nevertheless suffered traumatic experiences.
Under the new rule, which applies to veterans of all wars, the department will grant compensation to those with PTSD if they can simply show that they served in a war zone and in a job consistent with the events that they say caused their conditions. They would not have to prove, for instance, that they came under fire, served in a front-line unit or saw a friend killed. Read more in the NY Times Global Edition.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
What aspects of the current Title V legislation are effective?
What aspects of Title V are not effective?
What innovations can you suggest?
During the session, stakeholders will have the opportunity to call in with statements (no longer than 3 minutes) to share with attendees. In addition, written comments may be submitted via real-time chat, or emailed to TitleVlisteningsession@dol.gov at any time before or after the session. Stakeholders may submit comments on reauthorization of all other titles of the Older Americans Act to Assistant Secretary Greenlee at:
Registration is now open!Registration is limited and participation is first-come, first-served. We encourage multiple participants from the same organization to register once and view this session from one location. Please note you must first create an account (‘Signup’ link in upper right hand corner) on www.workforce3one.org in order to login and reserve a seat for this event at the link below.
Follow this link to register: http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001010644815865203/info
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here’s what you’ll find:
Its All About the Money: Potential Repercussions of Denying Disabled Veterans the Freedom to Hire an Attorney
By Benjamin W. Wright
Sentencing Elderly Criminal Offenders
By Dawn Miller
Biting the Bullet: Applying the Objective Test for Terminating Treatment in Cases Involving Incompetent Patients
By Caroline Klosko
Reverse Mortgages and the Challenges of the Current Financial Crisis
By Paul V. Black
Interests in Stark Conflict: The Case for Congress to Close the Stark Law’s Whole Hospital Loophole
By Michael J. Ritter
What Happens to the Correctional System When a Right to Health Care Meets Sentencing Reform
By Stacy L. Gavin
The Current Challenges of Long-Term Care Insurance and Solutions for the Future
By Erin K. Ferris
State of Flux: Older Refugees in the United States
By Jennifer Harry
You can also access the 2009 NAELA Student Journal through the NAELA web site, http://www.NAELA.org. Log on to the site and look under Members>Communications>Publication for the 2009 NAELA Student Journal as well as the archives of NAELA News and NAELA Journal.
The NAELA Student Writing Competition is meant to encourage law students to focus on the issues of Elder and Special Needs Law as a legal specialty. Submissions can address any topic regarding legal issues affecting seniors or people with disabilities. For more information, go to http://www.NAELA.org and look under Professionals>Law Students>Student Writing Competition.
Monday, February 8, 2010
The law school at
Senior Law Clinic
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Nina A. Kohn
Syracuse University - College of Law
Edward D. Spurgeon
University of the Pacific (UOP) - McGeorge School of Law
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 59, No. 3, p. 414, 2010
As the American population ages, the emerging field of elder law stands
poised to play an increasingly important role in both legal practice
and legal education. Relatively little, however, is known about how
elder law is taught in America’s law schools, or about the nature and
impact of elder law scholarship. This article fills the void by
providing findings from a broad-ranging empirical study of the current
state of elder law teaching and scholarship. These findings suggest
that elder law is on the threshold of becoming a mainstream part of the
American legal academy. They also suggest that, at this critical stage,
significant barriers to the field’s development remain. By describing
the current state of the field and the challenges it faces, this
article paves the way for future efforts to guide and support the
The article is available on SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1547267
Monday, February 1, 2010
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.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Friday, December 4, 2009
The last surviving US veteran of World War I has urged members of Congress to rededicate a Washington monument to the memory of his fellow combatants. Frank Buckles, 108, said the US capital needed a symbol to honour all those who fought in the Great War. A bill, named after Mr Buckles, proposes to rededicate an existing memorial on the National Mall in honour of all Americans who fought in WWI. More than 100,000 Americans lost their lives during the campaign. Mr Buckles, who travelled to Capitol Hill from his home in West Virginia, told a panel of senators it was "an excellent idea". The official title of the bill is the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act. It aims to rededicate the District of Columbia War Memorial which currently only commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in WWI.
Source/more: BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8394477.stm
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Veterans Day is also a day when we honor those veterans
who live among us -- in our homes,
communities and in congregate settings such as assisted living and nursing
homes. The contributions of these
courageous men and women who are our grandparents, parents, spouses, children,
other family members, neighbors and friends continue to inspire us each day as
United States citizens.
I urge everyone to take time out on Wednesday, November 11, to thank a veteran for their service America. To read the President's proclamation, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-veterans-day
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Here's the TOC for the AoA's monthly e-Newsletter. Check it out at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx
Messages on National Observances from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Secretary Cindy Padilla to Join AoA
ASA Greenlee Visits Local DC Senior Centers
November Speaking Engagements by ASA Greenlee Other HHS News
HHS to Provide More Than $2.6 Billion to States to Help Low-Income Households with Energy Costs
FDA and WebMD Expand Consumer Health Information Partnership
New FDA Website Provides the Facts on Hearing Aids
H1N1 Flu Fraud Widget
New Tips to Prevent Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud
Enhanced Online Tools Make Comparing Medicare’s 2010 Prescription Drug and Health Plan Options Easier
CMS Establishes New Requirements for DMEPOS Suppliers
National State-by-State Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) Tables on the CMS website
NIA Extends Research on Health, Economics of Older Americans
Consumer-Friendly Resources in Spanish Provided by AHRQ
HHS Report on Health Insurance Reform and Breast Cancer Federal Funding Opportunities
AoA to Fund LGBT National Resource Center
CDC to Fund Communities Putting Prevention to Work
CDC to Fund Healthier Communities
More Aging News
Employment Opportunity with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
Brookdale Foundation to Fund 30 New Seed Grants for Its Relatives as Parents Program
American Cancer Society Marks the 34th Great American Smokeout®
November Is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Falls Prevention among Older Adults
Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals
Nutrition.gov on Twitter
NCOA to Offer Webinar Series on How to Connect Older Volunteers with Organizations in Need of Help
Groups Conduct Survey to Assess Long-Term Care of Older Adults Who Are LGBT
Planning for Your Elder Years
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Margaret F. Brinig
Notre Dame Law School
SUPPORTING THE COVENANT: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY, University of Chicago Press, 2010
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-26
This book will discuss the interplay of norms and families from a number of perspectives. It will tie theoretical and empirical observations to subjects of current law reform as varied as cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, payment for household work and domestic violence. Relevant norms and what is called social capital affect family members’ relationships with each other, that is, within the family community. They also govern the way outside communities interact with families, and social capital built within the family influences commercial and public relationships that do not directly involve families at all. Law reform, even from the best of intentions, often misfires because norms and the impact of social capital are not considered.
Keywords: family, law and economics, law and society, social norms, social capital, empirical studies, marriage, adoption, domestic violenceAccepted Paper Series
Thursday, May 14, 2009
ELDER MEDIATION TRAINING
June 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and
June 17, 18 and 19, 2009 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
GOOD SHEPHERD MEDIATION PROGRAM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
To be held at
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
Shusterman Hall Conference
1719 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
This intensive 3-1/2 day training will orient experienced mediators to the kinds of issues associated with aging and the special practice issues that arise when working with older persons, their families and care givers. The training format will combine lecture, video analysis, role-play practice and discussion.
More info: www.phillymediators.org
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The oldest submerged town in the world is about to give up its secrets — with the help of equipment that could revolutionize underwater archaeology. The ancient town of Pavlopetri lies in three to four metres of water just off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece. The ruins date from at least 2800 BC through to intact buildings, courtyards, streets, chamber tombs and some thirty-seven cist graves which are thought to belong to the Mycenaean period (c.1680-1180 BC). This Bronze Age phase of Greece provides the historical setting for much Ancient Greek literature and myth, including Homer’s Age of Heroes. Underwater archaeologist Dr Jon Henderson, from The University of Nottingham, will be the first archaeologist to have official access to the site in 40 years. Despite its potential international importance no work has been carried out at the site since it was first mapped in 1968 and Dr Henderson has had to get special permission from the Greek government to examine the submerged town.
Source and more: Science Daily, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090512093635.htm
Friday, February 20, 2009
The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is eager to publish your book. If you have an idea for a book or a concept that might become a book, consider submitting your idea to the ABA Senior Lawyers Division for possible publication. I have published two books through the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and was very pleased with the process and the books that were published.
ABA Book Publishing is a first rate enterprise with excellent editorial support that helped me to publish my books in a professional and timely manner. I was even asked to help select the book cover. The post-publication promotion of the books has been very good. The ABA uses book publications as a means of creating revenue for the Sections and Divisions and so is very aggressive in promoting its books.
As an author you benefit from those sales because every book sale yields a royalty for you. You, as author, and the ABA are essentially partners in seeing that the book is successful.
ABA Book Publishing creates trade publication paperbacks, which means the book is printed and distributed soon after you finish the manuscript. Throughout the process the turnabout time is short and the editors very professional. The result is a handsome product that will bring you pride of authorship and hopefully some additional income.
If you have any questions about publishing with the ABA, please feel free to contact me or you can contact Catherine A. Kruse at ABA Book Publishing. Her phone number is 312-988-6112 and her email is KruseC@staff.abanet.org.
Remember. You don’t have to have a fully developed book idea to initiate a discussion about publication. The ABA will work with you to bring your concept into a published book.
Ninth International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Prague, Czech Republic
Ageing in the Mediterranean World
Sixth-Annual World Health Care Congress
Washington, D.C., United States
Friday, January 23, 2009
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Invites Applications For
The 2009-2010 Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging
The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging affords one year for two law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging, the opportunity to pursue their research and professional interests.
During the Fellowship period, the Center’s Executive Director and Assistant Director stand ready to assist each Fellow with the further development of his/her knowledge, skills, and contacts. A legal services or other non-profit organization involved in law and aging must supervise a Fellow’s activities and projects. In addition to the Fellow's planned activities and project (unless the Fellow's project includes the provision of legal services), the Fellow must also provide some pro bono direct legal services to older persons under appropriate supervision. A Fellow is expected to provide the Center with monthly activities reports.
The Fellowship is $40,000 and is intended as a full-time position only. The Fellow’s sponsoring agency is responsible for providing employee benefits, workspace, administrative support, computer, telephone, email access, and employer’s FICA payment. Fellows may live and work where they choose in the United States; Fellows must be either U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S.
The Fellowship period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, or for the calendar year beginning the month after the Fellow’s completion of a state Bar examination.
Examples of activities and projects by recent Borchard Fellows include:
· Writing and publication of law review articles on law and aging issues;
· Writing and publication of state specific, consumer oriented handbooks on legal issues affecting older persons;
· Teaching elder law and related courses at law schools where fellows reside;
· Development of a non-profit senior law resource center providing direct legal services and public education;
· Development of an interdisciplinary elder law clinical program at a major public university law school;
· Development of a mediation component for a legal services program elder law hotline;
· Development of an interdisciplinary project for graduate students in law, medicine, and health advocacy to foster understanding and collaboration between professions;
· Development of training materials and statewide trainings for lawyers, judges and other court personnel, and social service providers on new comprehensive state guardianship laws;
· Organizing and/or attending national conferences on law and aging issues;
· Providing supervised pro bono legal representation of older clients;
· Analysis of Medicare policies;
· Development of legal services programs for older clients in consumer law and small claims matters.
Applicants must submit a completed application form, an explanation of the applicant’s planned activities and projects, a current curriculum vitae, a law school transcript, a letter of support from the proposed supervisor, and two other letters of support. Fellowship application information and form are available at www.borchardcenter.org.
Completed applications should be sent to:
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
Mary Jane Ciccarello, Assistant Director
335 4th Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2009. Selections are made by June 1, 2009. For further information, please contact: Mary Jane Ciccarello, 801-598-5810, email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Older People in Asia
The Asia Society and AARP will host a discussion of how the current
global financial and economic crisis is disproportionately affecting
Asia's older populations. Panelists will discuss the challenges and
issues and will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and
innovations to help older workers and improve their financial security.
Jan. 26, 2009, New York, N.Y., United States
Preparing for an Aging Society: The Singapore Experience
In the Winter 2009 edition of AARP's The Journal, the Prime Minister
of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, shares how his country is crafting new
policies, improving the infrastructure, and developing effective
programs to enable older citizens to lead full and happy lives.
Reinventing Retirement Asia: Employment and Active Engagement Beyond 50
AARP and the Council for the Third Age (C3A) cohosted an international
conference on older workers and financial security for seniors in
Singapore, Jan. 7–9, 2009. The conference brought together more than
400 thought leaders and policy makers from governments, businesses,
NGOs, and academia, from throughout Asia, Oceania, the United States,
and from international bodies, such as the United Nations, the
International Labor Organization, and the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
AARP Offers Two New International Databases
AARP has launched two new, searchable international databases. AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources, such as clearinghouses, libraries, databases, training modules, and the like, in some 25 countries. AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data on the situation of older adults across countries or regions and covers a variety of topics. Start your search at: www.aarpinternational.org/database/.
Obama's Big Idea: Digital Health Records
The president-elect wants to computerize the nation's health care
records in five years. But the plan comes with a hefty price tag, and
specialized labor is scarce. Read this “CCN Money” article in AARP’s
A Year-End Look at the Economic Slowdown’s Impact on Middle-Age and Older Americans
Throughout 2008, the economy was battered by falling housing prices,
increasing foreclosure rates, record stock-market losses, rising
unemployment, and weak consumer spending. In December 2008, AARP
conducted a survey of middle-age and older Americans to learn how they
had fared during the previous 12 months and to examine their
expectations of the government during difficult times.
2009 AARP International Innovative Employer Awards
Apply online for the 2009 AARP International Innovative Employer
Awards, which are intended to recognize employers that have
demonstrated innovative workforce or human-resources practices that
address issues relevant to the age-50+ workforce.
Feb. 3–4, 2009
AARP–U.N. Briefing, Series on Global Aging: 'In Commemoration of the
10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons'
United Nations Headquarters, New York, N.Y., United States
March 11–15, 2009
Ninth International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Prague, Czech Republic
March 12–15, 2009
Ageing in the Mediterranean World
Jeffrey Baker, Associate professor of law and director of clinical studies at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law; director of Jones Elder Law Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic, was recently profiled in the Montogomery (AL) Advertiser. He was nominated for the award by Charles I. Nelson, dean and professor of law, Faulkner University's Jones School of Law. Dean Nelson said, "Professor Baker is making a difference in our community by taking on unpleasant issues that many would rather turn away from. He gives not only voice and attention to victims, but also hope."
Through his work, Jeffrey Baker ensures that those who are too often overlooked, and often the most in peril, get help. As director of the Jones Elder Law Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic, he oversees law students who provide free legal counsel to those in need. The Elder Law Clinic provides representation for low-income, elderly citizens whose legal needs include guardianships, wills, benefit applications, elder abuse protection and medical decision-making. Similarly, the Family Violence Clinic provides legal service to people who seek protection from domestic violence, which means Baker maintains close contact with an area abuse shelter and directs law students as they litigate pro bono on behalf of people in abusive family relationships. The clinic can obtain orders so that survivors find safety, to protect their children and establish more peaceful lives. In September, Baker organized "Freedom from Fear: A Candidates Forum on Domestic Violence" in conjunction with area task forces and the Family Sunshine Center. The forum sought to raise awareness of domestic violence crimes and to encouraged elected officials to commit attention and voice to these problems before taking office.