Thursday, March 29, 2012

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv for March 29, 2012

1.     Video - King of the Sky:

2.     Social Security Advocates Launch Campaigns To Pressure AARP:

3.    Paul Allen Gives Millions for Brain Research:

4.     Britney Spears Conservatorship:; and

5.     AARP Moves to Protect Social Security and Medicare:

6.    Care by Consensus: 

7.    Senior Healthcare and Financial Crisis Returns:

8.    Should Seniors Live Alone or With Family? 

9.    101-Year-Old Utah Paraglider Breaks Record:

10.     Astor Estate Settlement:

11.    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Assistance with Possible Questions From Older Americans:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

(509) 313-3735


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Webcast: Spousal and Domestic Partner Issues in Pensions and Retirement Income


Register for the latest CLE specialty program from the American Bar Association.

Spousal and Domestic Partner Issues in Pensions and Retirement Income
Thursday, 4/12/12
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern
1.5 CLE credits requested
Webinar & Teleconference

This program is essential for elder law, estate planning, family law and general practitioners.

In just 90 minutes, you will:

  • Learn about spousal and domestic rights in traditional defined benefit pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s, and Social Security retirement benefits
  • Understand distribution elections and beneficiary designations
  • Increase your knowledge of special issues that same-sex couples now face in other defined contribution plans

2 easy ways to learn more and register

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv for March 28, 2012

1.    Handwritten Journals From Lizzie Borden Lawyer Donated to FRHS:

2.     Even Rich Heirs Deserve A Fair Shake From The IRS:

3.    Surrogate Decision Makers' Interpretation of Prognostic Information:

4.     Doing Without: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans:

5.     Death’s Companion: Paperwork:

6.     Elderly Sometimes Keep Using Opioids After Surgery:

7.    Polish Seniors Help Peers To Stay Forever Young:

8.    Hard To Tell, But Drug Helps As Alzheimer's Progresses:

9.    Baby Boomers Size Up Retirement Communities:,0,3477118.story

10.    Rising Cost of Long-Term Care Insurance Squeezes Buyers:

11.    AARP Study Says Price of Popular Drugs Rose 26%:

12. In Risky Election-Year Move, Republicans Offer Medicare Alternatives:

13. Nebraska Bill Gives Estate Representative the Power to Handle Social Media Accounts After Death:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

(509) 313-3735


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Live Webcast Will Launch CMS Campaign to End Antipsychotic Drug Misuse in Nursing Homes

Live Webcast Will Launch CMS Campaign to End Antipsychotic Drug Misuse in Nursing Homes -- 
Watch Thursday, March 29, 1pm ET

How to Connect:

Consumer Voice Statement on the Campaign:
Consumer Voice applauds federal campaign to end misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

Tomorrow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will launch a national campaign to eliminate misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. The Consumer Voice is proud to have played a role in initiating this campaign – along with our colleagues at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Long Term Care Community Coalition, and Civil Advocacy Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VA – and we urge you to tune in a live webcast of the launch. The program will feature CMS officials and a panel of experts, including former Consumer Voice director Sarah Burger, discussing caring for residents with dementia without dangerous medications.

Some things you should be aware of if you plan to watch the broadcast:

  • The webcast is housed on CMS’s Surveyor Training site. Some of the information on the site is for surveyors, not the general public.
  • Consumers do not have to register or concern themselves with information related to credits.
  • Make sure your computer has Windows Media Player so you can log on.
  • Plan to log on 10 minutes prior to the live broadcast.
  • Download the Agenda and other documents and resources in the section called Associated Documents.

Unable to watch the program live? The program will be archived on the website after the live broadcast. 

For more about eliminating misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, visit the Consumer Voice website at

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

April 11 webinar will address abuse in later life

Abuse in Later Life: Responses, Resources, Collaborations

Join us for a Webinar on April 11

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In this session we provide an introduction for aging advocates to the universe of domestic violence and sexual assault services and resources available for older victims, including screening, safety planning, legal and social service responses, and community collaborations.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand abuse in later life as a subset of elder abuse

2. Learn how to effectively screen and safety plan with every client

3. Recognize services available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life

4. Identify potentially new community partners for collaboration and referral

Speakers are:
- Rebecca Henry, Deputy Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
- Bonnie Brandl, Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV). 

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.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.

If you have any questions email

March 27, 2012 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Call for papers: IJFAB VOL 6, NO. 2 Special Issue on Aging and Long-term Care

IJFAB VOL 6, NO. 2 Special Issue on Aging and Long-term Care

Guest Editors: Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Carol Levine

The past several decades have seen significant improvement in the health of older adults. In the U.S. and many other parts of the world, people are living longer and with less chronic disability than ever before. The aging population is burgeoning. While currently the proportion of older persons is 17 percent, by 2050 it is expected to be 26 percent. The oldest old, or those eighty and above, will increase from being just 1.4 percent of the population to 4.3 percent. The elderly, and especially the oldest old, are disproportionately women. Their caregivers are also disproportionately women, as family care is the predominant mode of care.

Projections further suggest that elderly populations in many developing countries are growing more rapidly than those in affluent ones. Nearly 250 million of the approximately 420 million people over sixty-five live in developing countries, and expectations are that the majority will live there in coming decades. Compared to wealthier countries, these mostly low and middle-income countries will undergo this demographic shift quite quickly, even as they continue to contend with the burden of diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and with considerably less in the way of resources, including human resources.

These changing demographics generate a greater need for long-term care, whether that is provided in the home, in community settings, or in institutions. While there has been considerable debate concerning the nature and extent of future long-term care needs, especially given declining rates of disability in recent decades, the consensus is that they will grow. While governments, global health organizations like the WHO and PAHO, and other agents have acknowledged the importance of addressing current and coming demands related to aging and long-term care, the current state of the dependent elderly and of long-term care systems around the world are, on the whole, fragile and in urgent need of attention. Moreover, analyses and recommendations that are informed by feminist approaches are largely lacking.

This special issue of IJFAB aims to contribute to the ongoing conversations around ethics and policy in aging and long-term care. We invite essays written from a feminist perspective on any topic related to aging and long-term care. Possible topics include:

• What characterizes a feminist approach to aging and/or long-term care and what contributions can it make to theory and policy?

• How do feminist views about “family” affect long-term care approaches?

• What is the structure of income provision for the aged in a particular country or region and what are its ethical implications?

• What are the ethical implications of different kinds of support systems for the dependent elderly?

• How is long-term care labor gendered and what ethical concerns does this raise?

• How can a feminist vision of long-term care accommodate cultural and religious traditions that place special responsibilities for long-term care on women and girls?

• What are the implications of the feminization of labor migration on the provision of long-term care needs around the world?

• What is the structure of labor and or economic policy in a given country or region and what are its ethical implications for family caregivers?

• How are representations of old age gendered and “performed” in the media and in the arts, and what are the ethical and health implications?

Submission instructions for authors are available at Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word, as email attachments to

The submission deadline for this issue is September 15, 2012.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

AALS Aging and the Law Listserv for March 16, 2012

1. Microchip Implant Makes Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery Possible:

 2. Who Could Be Against Obama's Tax Break On RMDs? 

 3. LGBT Senior Center To Be Opened In New York City:

 4. Podcast - A Bus to Nowhere:

 5. Bad News for Boomers:

 6. Mistakes With Reporting Social Security Disability Income Can Be Costly at Tax Time, Allsup Finds:

 7. More Americans Rejecting Marriage in 50s and Beyond:

 8. Whitney Houston Will; Singer Leaves Everything To Bobbi Kristina:

 9. Alzheimer's Facts and Figures:

 10. AARP Study Says Price of Popular Drugs Rose 26%:

 11. Bill Would Take Social Security Number From Medicare Card:

12.   How Alzheimer’s has Affected a Former Potential Supreme Court Nominee – Judge Karen Williams:

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

(509) 313-3735



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Elder Law Prof Blog to hit 200,000 mark today!

Nuff said...

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NHelp: How health care reform is helping Medicaid beneficiaries

  • ALREADY IN PLACE: More preventive care 
    The ACA includes numerous provisions which expand access to preventive services. For example, the ACA has already distributed "Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease" grants for states to engage in diabetes prevention, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, and tobacco cessation. Starting in 2013, Medicaid preventive benefits will include a broader array of services and states will receive increased federal funding if they provide these services without cost-sharing. Another provision requires that, starting in 2014, many Medicaid enrollees will receive some services that may be new to Medicaid, such as habilitative services, and will have access to a wide range of women's health services.
  • COMING SOON: Medicaid expansions

    1. Starting in 2014, the ACA creates a new Medicaid eligibility category covering nearly all uninsured individuals living under 138% of the federal poverty level. Sixteen million people will be newly eligible for Medicaid. The ACA also creates other options for states including expanding family planning services, providing new home and community based services and programs, and offering other services for higher income individuals not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.

    COMING SOON: Better access to primary care providers  The ACA will substantially increase the Medicaid payment rates in 2013 for certain primary care providers (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics). These providers will get the higher Medicare payment rate for primary care services. This provision will help improve access to primary care providers for enrollees and support the safety-net providers who take care of underserved populations.

    COMING SOON: Improved enrollment processes. The ACA heavily invests in simplifying the process of enrolling in health care. Starting in 2014, states must have one streamlined application process for all health care programs, including Medicaid and private exchange insurance plans including available subsidies. The ACA also provides start-up funding for state consumer assistance programs and health care navigators to ensure that every individual receives help understanding her options and getting enrolled.

    More from NHelp here.

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    How Alzheimer's affected a potential Supreme Court nominee ...

    Via the ABA's blog:

    Karen Williams was chief judge of a federal appeals court and a potential Supreme Court nominee when her family noticed some changes in her personality.

    Williams, who headed the Richmond, Va.-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was at the peak of her career, the Greenville News (sub. req.) reports. When she began repeating herself and forgetting names, her family assumed she was too busy. “We started noticing something wasn’t right,” according to Williams’ husband, Charlie Williams II. “But we couldn’t put our finger on it," he tells the publication.

    And then after Williams was involved in two minor car accidents in two weeks, tests revealed devastating news: Williams was in the early stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 2009, at the age of 58, Williams retired from the bench.

    Williams’ son, Charlie Williams III, told the Greenville News that today his mother cannot be left alone for more than 15 minutes. She comes to work with her husband and son, but a secretary must help take care of her. The family has helped raise more than $38,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Williams’ son says he hopes that researchers will eventually find a cure for the disease, which affects about one in eight Americans.

    “There are good days and bad days,” Charlie Williams III told the publication. “It’s amazing to see one day how things seem like they’re normal, and the very next day ... to see her look at somebody she has known for 30 years and can’t come up with their name. It’s pretty tough.”

    Hat tip to How Appealing.

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    NCOA webinar to discuss SNAP food program and seniors, 3/20 and 3/22

    Five million seniors will experience hunger this year, but only 1 out of every 3 eligible seniors receives SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).

    In this webinar, we will discuss:

    • The basics of the SNAP benefit.
    • Why seniors don’t apply for SNAP and what aging network advocates can do about it.
    • Opportunities to expand your resources to help older adults obtain this valuable benefit.


    Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Vice President, Center for Benefits Access
    Lura Barber, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Benefits Access

    This Webinar will be offered twice:

    Tuesday, March 20th at 3:00 PM eastern daylight time

    Thursday, March 22nd at 10 AM eastern daylight time.

    Register here:

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office for the Financial Protection of Older Americans hosts March 16 teleconference

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office for the Financial Protection of Older Americans invites you to join us for a teleconference on March 16, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST.

    Hubert H. ("Skip") Humphrey, Assistant Director of the Office for Older Americans, Jenefer Duane, Older Americans Senior Program Analyst, and Naomi Karp, Policy Analyst will provide an overview of the responsibilities included under the statute for the Office for Older Americans and an update on the progress towards these goals. Edwin Chow, CFPB Regional Director, will provide an overview of the CFPB's Supervision and Examination activities.

    We will have ample time for questions and suggestions on how the Office for Older Americans can "Lead, Serve and Innovate" in collaboration with community stakeholders.

    Participant access information:


    Conference number: 7129273

    Passcode: 5594169

    To register for this event:

    1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.

    2. Enter the conference number and passcode.

    3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.

    RSVP's are not required, but will expedite your participation in the conference call.

    Please join us!  If you have questions, please contact Jenefer Duane at




    March 14, 2012 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    AALS Aging and the Law Listserv for March 7, 2012

    1. Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, January – February 2012:

    2. The Love of the Law, Still Fulfilled:,%20still&st=cse

    3. The High Price Of Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer's:

    4. In Retirement Planning, Knowledge Trumps Confidence:

    5. Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Profession Announces Bold Multi-Year Goals for Quality Care:

    6. VA Launches Personalized Health Benefits Handbook:

    7. For Older Drivers, Help With Parking:

    8. Feds Accuse Texas Doctor In $350 Million Medicare Fraud:

    9. Top Ten Celebrity Twitter Accounts From the Grave:

    10. New AARP Survey Shows Many Unaware of Social Security Claiming Strategies:

    Ann Murphy


    Gonzaga University School of Law

    (509) 313-3735


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