Friday, September 30, 2011

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv, September 30, 2011

1. Opening Day at the Supreme Court Could Shut Courthouse Doors to the Poor:

2. GPS Enabled Shoes For People With Alzheimer's:

3. 10 Surprising Final Send-Offs: 

4. White Lies and Worse:

5. We All Get Shorter As We Age, Research Confirms:

6. Push Underway To Cut Drugs For Dementia Patients:

7. Judge Backs Exemption For Alaska Same-Sex Couples:

8. Elderly Breast Cancer Patients Risk Treatment Discrimination:

9. 5 Ways Puzzles Improve Your Mind:

10. Five Reasons To Beware Of Joint Ownership Between Generations:

11. Hill-Rom Settles Medicare Fraud Lawsuit:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

(509) 313-3735

[email protected]




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Sunday, September 25, 2011

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv September 25, 2011

MEMBER NEWS: Sally Balch Hurme (Attorney and Senior Project Manager with AARP Education and Outreach (Health) has recently published a book with the American Bar Association's Senior Lawyers Division entitled The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs - available at

 1. New Antidepressants Can Increase Risks for Elderly, Study Suggests:

 2. The World Will be More Crowded – With Old People:

3. The Cost of Ageing:

4. The Greying of The Baby Boomers - A Century-Long View of Ageing in European Populations:

5. Increase in Bankruptcies Among the Elderly:

6. Mickey Rooney's Suit Against Stepson Alleges Theft:

7. UK - Millions to Lose 'Up to 75 Per Cent of Retirement Income' After Pension Changes:

8. World Alzheimer Report 2011 - The Benefits of Early Diagnosis and Intervention:

9. 2011 MacArthur Fellows: Marie-Therese Connolly, Elder Rights Lawyer:

10. Eavesdropping on the Nursing Home Staff:

11. The Health Industry Case For Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age:

12. When Will the Supreme Court Consider the Health Care Law:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law


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Friday, September 16, 2011

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv September 16, 2011

Stars join fight against Alzheimer’s Disease (Bradley Cooper, Seth Rogen, Natalie Morales, Soleil Moon Frye, Melina Kanakaredes, and David Hyde Pierce) Wear Purple on Wednesday, September 21!

 1. A Big Risk in the Health Care Handoff:

 2. Medicare Milestone: Chief is Eligible For Program:

 3. Medicare Reimbursement For Skilled Nursing Facilities Remains High For 2012 Despite Reductions In Overpayments:

 4. County to Launch Special Needs Registry:

 5.  The Epidemic of Florida Medicare Fraud:

 6. New Data Spill Shows Risk Of Online Health Records:

 7. Men: Stay Healthy at 50+:

 8. Women: Stay Healthy at 50+:

 9. When Lapses Are Not Just Signs of Aging:

 10. Insulin May Help Treat Alzheimer's:

 11. Japanese Seniors: Send Us To Damaged Nuclear Plant:

 12. Televangelist Pat Robertson’s Controversial Remarks about Alzheimer’s Disease:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law



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Stetson Special Needs Conference is coming up!

Oct. 19-21, 2011
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Fla.

In its 13th year of teaching excellence in the field of special needs trusts, the National Conference will provide an in-depth review and discussion on both basic and advanced levels of the major issues presented in the creation, administration, and monitoring of special needs trusts. Attorneys, trustees, estate planners, financial advisors, CPAs, and special needs professionals will benefit from attending this cutting-edge seminar that will cover critical topics about special needs trusts.

The Pre-Conferences (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011)
The National Conference is offering two pre-conferences this year. One pre-conference workshop will be oriented toward legal assistants, case managers, financial/investment staff, property managers and related professional; the other pre-conference workshop is designed for issues for pooled trust administrators and attorneys. Please note: For the pre-conferences, tuition includes pre-conference materials on a flash drive, as well as individual, per person admission to all sessions and refreshment breaks. If purchasing attendance to both pre-conferences, tuition will include all of the above for both pre-conferences. If purchasing attendance to only one individual pre-conference, tuition will include all of the above only for the purchased pre-conference.

The Conference (Oct. 20-21, 2011)
The National Conference is hosting a two-day main conference offering excellent speakers and support materials on basic and advanced topics for a variety of professionals who work in the field. Please note: For the main conference, tuition includes conference materials on a flash drive, as well as individual, per-person admission to all sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, and the attendee reception. If purchasing attendance to both days of the main conference, tuition will include all of the above for both days. If purchasing attendance to only one individual day of the main conference, tuition will include all of the above only for the purchased day. However, the attendee reception is only included with Thursday individual day tuition purchase or Thursday/Friday both day tuition purchase. 

» Register Online
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv September 10, 2011

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at for more information. All supporters are to wear purple on Wednesday, September 21!

ABA CLE Webinar on September 13, 2011 – Elder Abuse: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know.

Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging – Academic Research Grant Program – Accepting Online Applications until 10/15/2011. See:


1. For the Recently Widowed, Some Big Financial Pitfalls to Avoid:

 2. Death With Dignity August Blog Recap:; Massachusetts Attorney General Certifies the Proposed Ballot Measure:; and Vermont legislation update:

 3. More Elderly Couples Live Together Without Marrying:

 4. A Helping Hand, Paid on Commission:

 5. Memory Quizzes Still Best For Alzheimer's Diagnosis:

 6. Some Builders Are Ready for the Wave of Seniors:

7. The New and Improved (?) Power of Attorney Law (Florida):

 8. Simon Cowell Wants to Freeze His Body After He Dies:

 9. Protecting Your Parents: Keep the Sharks at Bay:

10. Retirees Increasingly Depending on Social Security:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law



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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Upcoming ABA Webinar: Elder Abuse: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know”

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, co-sponsored by several other ABA entities, is providing a CLE-accredited Webinar titled “Elder Abuse: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know” next Tuesday, the 13th, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET.  The program is intended to provide lawyers with an overview of the problem; its complexities, extent, and impact; how it manifests and may be prevented or remedied; and ethical issues that may arise in elder abuse cases.  Presenters include Alison Hirschel of the Michigan Poverty Law Program, Richard Milstein of Akerman Senterfitt, and me.

Reduced registration rates are available to government and legal services attorneys, as well as to members of the sponsoring entities.  For more information about the Webinar and to register or purchase the recording, visit  Any questions about the Webinar should be directed to the registration telephone number provided on that page.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept. 11 is National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is September 11th. In observance of National Grandparents’ Day, AoA’s statistics widget features data on grandparents who support their grandchildren in the U.S. To learn how many grandparents support their grandchildren, check AoA’s statistics widget at

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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2012 Academic Research Grants

The Borchard Center on Law & Aging awards up to 4 grants of $20,000 each year.  This Request for Proposals is open to all interested and qualified legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals. Organizations per se, whether profit or non-profit are not eligible to apply, although they may administer the grant.  However, two or more individuals in the same institution or different institutions may submit a collaborative proposal. 

The objectives of the grants are to further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers.

The Center expects grantees to meet the objectives of the grant program through individual or collaborative research projects that analyze and recommend changes in one or more important existing public policies, laws, and/or programs relating to the elderly; or, anticipate the need for and recommend new public policies, laws, and/or programs for the elderly necessitated by changes in the number and demographics of the country’s and the world’s elderly populations by advances in science and technology, by changes in the health care system, or by other developments.  It is expected that the research product will be publishable in a first-rate journal.

The Center makes no more than four annual grants up to $20,000 each.  Larger budgets using outside matching funds are encouraged but not required.  Favorable weight is given to proposals that indicate, where appropriate, that active attempts will be made to solicit required additional funds for the project (including a list of sources to be approached).  Grant funds may be used for the approved budget purposes, which may include reasonable compensation for the principal investigator(s), consultant(s), and research assistant(s), print and computer-based research materials, and other necessary expenses.   Ordinarily, summer salary support will not be approved where the applicant is eligible for significant support from his or her university or other institutions.  Grant funds may not be used for university overhead or administrative charges, and the Center will not otherwise pay any such costs.

Applicants must submit an online application found on the Center’s Web site at no later than October 15, 2011. Proposals will be reviewed and grants awarded by a committee composed of the Center’s academic advisory board members, co-directors, and fellows.  Selections will be made on or about December 15, 2011.

The Research Grant Proposal should include a description of the research project, a detailed budget (including matching support), a discussion of how the research meets the objectives of the Center’s grant program, why the project is otherwise important, and a description of the intended written research product and the publication(s) to which the work product will be submitted for publication.

Upon completion of the research project, but not later than December 31 of the year following the award (unless the committee, for good cause, extends the completion date), grantees must submit seven copies of a final written report that includes a description and chronology of the research and results, an accounting for grant funds, and copies of any publications or products developed.   In addition, a short written progress and status report must be submitted not later than June 30 of the year the award is granted.  Upon publication of the research product, seven reprints must be given to the Center.

For further description of the Academic Research Grant Program, the Request for Proposals, and the application form, please see the Center’s Web site at

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stetson seeks applications for distinguished lecturer position

Hi everyone.  Stetson College of Law is currently taking nominations and applications for the position of Borchard Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in Elder Law for the Spring 2012 semester.  This is a non-tenure track position and applicants should be nationally-recognized practitioners, academicians, or retired government officials (including members of the judiciary) with a significant background in and familiarity with elder law issues. The lecturer would teach an elder-law related course, hold workshops for students in the elder law concentration, and mentor individual concentration students. The lecturer would also deliver a scholarly lecture on elder law that will be open to the law school community, and have that lecture published.

Details about the position, as well as the process for applying may be found here:

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. Any questions, feel free to contact me.  Thanks!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv September 1, 2011

NOTE: The Aging and the Law Section will meet at the American Association of Law Schools’ annual meeting on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. More details to follow. See:

1.           Clinical Trials Neglect the Elderly:

2.           New Palliative Care Model May Help Doctors Predict How Long Patients Have Left To Live:

3.           Deciding to Die, Then Shown the Door:

4.           For Some Medical Evacuees, Safety Brought Its Own Difficulties:

5.           Cost of Taking Care of Mom and Dad:

6.           Top 10 Elder Fraud Prevention Methods:

7.           Choosing Death Can Be Like a 'Birth,' Advocates Say:

8.           Hunger Among Americans 50-Plus Spikes 80 Percent, New Study Says (SLIDESHOW):

9.           'Dear Mr. President:' A Letter From America's Dementia Patients:

10.      Taming High Health Costs Takes Taming High-Tech:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

(509) 313-3735

[email protected]





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