Thursday, October 31, 2013

NFPA launches refreshed older adult fire and fall safety program

Into the LightThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced a new version of Remembering When™:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. Program materials, available for download at no cost, are widely used by fire departments and other safety educators interested in reaching older adults with fire and fall prevention messages developed especially for them. The revised program includes updated fire and fall statistics, safety messaging, trivia, art work, and inclusion of “younger” older adults.
Since 1999, Remembering When has been implemented in communities throughout North America to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. The program’s foundation remains the same:  the 16 key safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention–developed by experts from national and local safety organizations and focus group testing in high fire-risk states. The program will continue to be implemented through group presentations, home visits, and as part of smoke alarm installation and fall intervention programs. All of the revised training materials are available online.
“Over the next decades, the population of older adults will increase dramatically,” said Karen Berard-Reed, senior project manager for NFPA. “The new version targets adults who are just entering their older years. We hope to encourage these ‘younger’ older adults to develop important safety habits that will carry them through their senior years and help those around them develop safer behaviors.”
Representatives of fire departments and home visit agencies across the United States and Canada that have been chosen to participate in the Remembering When conference December 1-3, 2013 in Boston, will be the first trained with updated materials.

Photo by Kim Dayton.  All rights reserved.

October 31, 2013 in Consumer Information, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 28, 2013

India news: Parent dumping will not be tolerated in Guruvayur

Via the New Indian Express:
State Women’s Commission member Prof K A Thulasi held a sitting on the Guruvayur temple premises here on Friday following reports of rise in elders being dumped at the temple by their children.  Thulasi, who spoke to around 25 people, directed the Thrissur RDO to submit a detailed report regarding parents being dumped in Guruvayur.  Strict action would be initiated against those who abandon their aged parents in Guruvayur under the Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen’s Act 2007, which allows parents to take their children to court.  In cases involving children abusing parents and driving them out of home, asking them to part with their property or transfer them to their names, the transactions which took place after 2007, will be nullified, she said. 

A detailed report describing the plight of the elderly people in Guruvayur will be submitted to the government.  The report on the elderly will include recommendations  to set up more rehabilitation centres in areas which are vulnerable for these kinds of acts, Thulasi said.

Many of the elderly people to whom the Commissioner spoke on Friday expressed their willingness to meet their children and spend rest of their lives with family.

Read more in the New Indian Express.

October 28, 2013 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

And rock some more....

Following up on Becky's post--this is old news, but it is Old News Worth Repeating: the SAFE Minnesota phone/Iphone app       

During their spring 2013 semester in my Elder Justice and Policy Keystone course, students wrote an elder abuse application called “SAFE MN.”  The app is intended for use by law enforcement officials, first responders, mandated reporters, and laypersons who encounter possible abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult or older person.  The app provides information about the signs and symptoms of abuse, hotline nSafeumbers, and other resources that will help identify abuse and abusers, allow for reporting and, in appropriate cases, facilitate prosecution.  Keystone students compiled and organized the app’s substantive content, and Chris   , who was a programmer prior to law school and has written a number of apps, wrote the code.

Although the app was intended for use in Minnesota, much of its content is generic.  The app is free, and available for download both from Google Play (Android) and from Apple. 

Desiree Toldt, who will graduate from Mitchell in May 2014, also wrote a paper that serves as a step-by-step guide to others interested in replicating the app in their own jurisdictions.  To obtain a copy of the paper, contact me (use email link in my bio, below).

Kudos to these students for their outstanding work!

More on the Safe MN project.

October 8, 2013 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Other, Web/Tech | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Scholarship available for elder mediation training

Dear Colleagues,

The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund and Elder Decisions are jointly sponsoring a scholarship for young adults between the ages of 18 to 30 to attend an Elder Decisions Elder / Adult Family Mediation Training.

The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund was created in loving memory of Jordan Washor Liebhaber, May 22, 1986 - March 29, 2013, with the intention to carry forward Jordan's clear values and good works to help make the world a better, more caring place for our elders.  The fund seeks to help young adults with interest in the elder services field.

If you or someone you know is between the ages of 18 to 30, a trained mediator, and interested in participating in Elder Mediation Training held in Newton, MA, please submit an application directly to the fund (a link to the application is below).  The selected applicant(s) may enroll in an upcoming Elder Decisions training (on a space-available basis) at a rate of $75, with the remaining registration fee shared equally by The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund and Elder Decisions.  (Note that transportation and lodging, if applicable, are additional.) 

              Download the application here:
     for the Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship.pdf

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first round due no later than October 15th, 2013.  Applications for other uses of the scholarship fund are also welcome.

For more information about the fund, please visit

October 8, 2013 in Other, Programs/CLEs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sweden is the best place in the world to grow old...

Sweden is the best place in the world to be old and Afghanistan the worst, according to a UN-backed global study.  The Global AgeWatch Index examined the quality of life of the elderly in 91 countries.  It warns that many countries do not have adequate support in place for their ageing populations.  By 2050, older people will outnumber children under 15 for the first time, with most of the elderly in developing countries, it said.  The Global AgeWatch Index was complied by the UN Population Fund and advocacy group HelpAge International, and released to mark the UN's Day of Older Persons.  Researchers used 13 different indicators - including income and employment, health provision, education, and environment - in what they said was the first study of kind to be conducted on a global scale.  The study's authors say countries across the world face an ongoing challenge from the rapidly ageing global population.

Source/more:  BBC

Read full report

October 1, 2013 in Other, Statistics, Travel | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Prevention: Tips from the EPA and CDC

The Facts: Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. And the risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. Thankfully, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. In fact, many falls can be prevented. Everyone can take actions to protect the older adults they care about.
Prevention Tips from CDC: You can play a role in preventing falls. Encourage the older adults you care about to:
  • Get some exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. Exercise programs like Tai Chi can increase strength and improve balance, making falls much less likely.
  • Be mindful of medications. Some medicines—or combinations of medicines—can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Having a doctor or pharmacist review all medications can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions.
  • Keep their vision sharp. Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. To help make sure they're seeing clearly, older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.
  • Eliminate hazards at home. About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards that need to be removed or changed, like tripping hazards, clutter, and poor lighting.
Steps for Home Safety: The following checklist can help older adults reduce their risk of falling at home:
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
  • Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to your toilet.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
More info


September 24, 2013 in Consumer Information, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Check out this nifty infographic on reasons for seniors to go back to school!

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September 6, 2013 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 17, 2012

DOJ releases report on section 508 accessibility and federal digital info

The Justice Department announced the release of its report “Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology.”  The report, authorized under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), provides findings based on a survey of federal agencies on the accessibility of their electronic and information technology and the procedures used to implement the requirements of Section 508.

Section 508 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities, unless certain exceptions apply.  EIT includes telecommunications products (such as telephones), information kiosks and transaction machines, websites, multimedia, and office equipment, such as copiers and fax machines, computers, software, firmware and similar products and services.  Specifically, Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that EIT they develop, procure, maintain, or use allows employees with disabilities and members of the public seeking information or services to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that available to people who do not have disabilities. Section 508 also requires the attorney general to report and offer recommendations periodically to the President and Congress on the state of federal agency compliance with Section 508.

In 2010-2011, the Department created survey instruments and solicited answers from federal agencies about their implementation of Section 508. The survey requested data in four important areas:  procurement, general processes for implementing Section 508, administrative complaints and civil actions, and website compliance.

September 17, 2012 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Case law data base for NAELA members...

NAELA has published a webpage of the 2011 Cases for members’ reference:  

Organized by issue, you can keyword search for the specific case by using the “Find” function in your browser (Control/F on the PC, Command/F on the Mac). Future case notes will also be archived.


January 4, 2012 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scholarships available for fall 2011 National Aging and the Law Conference

10 Scholarships Available for Advocates to Attend the National Aging and Law Institute

Application Deadline: August 19, 2011

The AARP Foundation is awarding 10 AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to pay for registration and the cost of travel expenses to attend the 2011 National Aging and Law Institute. Scholarship recipients are responsible for all additional travel costs in excess of the scholarship amount. AARP Foundation Litigation established this scholarship fund in the name of Jerry D. Florence, who served as the Director of the AARP Foundation for two years before dying suddenly at the age of 57 on November 28, 2005. Mr. Florence was a leader who was quickly able to envision how a new idea could transform the lives of AARP's members. He delighted in finding ways to help others, while his energy, positive attitude, and easy smile touched many hearts. AARP Foundation Litigation is proud to continue the memory of this visionary through scholarships for advocates at this conference.

Consideration will be given to all applicants for the AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence Scholarships; however, priority will be given to applicants who:

* Have not previously attended the National Aging and Law Conference or NAELA's Advanced Fall Institute

* Demonstrate financial need

* Provide legal services or advocacy to older persons

You can apply for the scholarship online at For questions about the scholarship, please contact 703-942-5711 or Scholarship applications are due by August 19, 2011 The conference brochure complete with agenda and registration information can be found at <> and also at

July 13, 2011 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Position announcement: Executive Director, New Mexico Legal Aid

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this high quality nonprofit legal services organization which seeks to secure justice for the migrant, Native American and low income populations throughout New Mexico. NMLA’s next Executive Director will facilitate and assist in the creation and implementation of a vision to bring NMLA to its next stage of development in advocacy, fiscal stability and collaboration with client communities and legal aid partners throughout the state.

More information here. 

June 16, 2011 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 16, 2011

AoA webinar: Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities - May 25

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In 2010, the Administration on Aging (AoA) released its “Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities” to assist aging network providers and their partners in building capacity to successfully serve an increasingly diverse population of seniors and their caregivers. The Toolkit consists of a four-step process and a questionnaire that helps professionals, volunteers, and grassroots advocates with every stage of program planning, implementation, and service delivery for older adult communities, their families and caregivers.  

To assist aging services legal providers in improving their outreach efforts and provision of culturally competent services, AoA is presenting a Webinar entitled A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities.  This Webinar will be of value to OAA Title IIIB legal providers, Legal Assistance Developers, senior legal helplines, and to AoA grantees involved in the Model Approaches and Pension Counseling Programs, as they deal with challenges in targeting and reaching out to culturally diverse populations that are most in need of critical legal services.

Webinar presenters:
- Carol Crecy, Director, Office of Outreach & Consumer Information, AoA
- Barbara Dieker, Director, Office of Elder Rights, AoA
- Valerie Soroka, Aging Services Program Specialist, AoA
- Margaret Schaefer, ElderAccessLine Attorney, Legal Aid of Nebraska
- Jessica Hiemenz, Training Coordinator, NCLC

This Webinar will provide an overview of:

1.  The cultural competency concepts which are the underpinnings of the AoA Diversity Toolkit;

2.  How the toolkit can be used for program planning and development, monitoring and assessment;

3.  How the toolkit can be used in a variety of settings by legal providers to enhance the delivery of services to diverse populations;

4.  A View from the Field:  Nebraska’s “Tips to Increase Cultural Competency when Working with Clients”

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center

May 16, 2011 in Discrimination, Other | 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


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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Registration now open for CCEL

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  Early bird registration rates are available until September 30th, so don't wait to register!

To download the conference poster, please visit If you have already registered for the conference, kindly forward this e-mail to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

September 20, 2010 in Discrimination, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

VA to issue new rules on disability claims for PTSD

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.

July 8, 2010 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AoA to hold listening sessions on reauthorization of OAA, Title V

Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of for Employment and Training, U.S.  Department of Labor, and Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will hold a listening session on the upcoming reauthorization of Title V of the Older Americans Act.  Assistant Secretaries Oates and Greenlee are interested to hear stakeholders' thoughts on:

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 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  in order to login and reserve a seat for this event at the link below.

Follow this link to register:

April 20, 2010 in Housing, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NAELA Student Journal now online

The 2009 NAELA Student Journal is now available online. Click here to start reading the top eight papers submitted to the 2009 Student Writing Competition.

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, 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 and look under Professionals>Law Students>Student Writing Competition.


March 16, 2010 in Books, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Seeking Materials for a Senior Law Clinic

The law school at Campbell University is this semester inaugurating its Senior Law Clinic where students will represent lower income elders.  Would anyone be willing to share a role play scenario with background information that could be used to help teach client interviewing?  Thanks in advance.

Roger Manus


Senior Law Clinic


Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

225 Hillsborough St, Suite 302

Raleigh, NC 27603


919.865.5997 Fax

February 8, 2010 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nina Kohn (Syr.) and Ned Spurgeon (McGeorge) on Elder Law teaching and scholarship

Elder Law Teaching and Scholarship: An Empirical Analysis of an Evolving Field

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 field’s growth.

The article is available on SSRN at

February 7, 2010 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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.


February 1, 2010 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)