Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Elder Law Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law, located at UH Manoa, has updated its indispensable guide to aging, including offering clear coverage of the many legal and medical issues involved. The handbook, titled "Deciding What's Next and Who in the World Cares? A Legal Handbook for Hawai?i's' Older Persons, Families and Caregivers," is available free on O`ahu through the Senior Helpline at the City and County of Honolulu's Elderly Affairs Division. Elder Law Program Director, Law School Professor, and co-author James H. Pietsch said that the updated handbook is especially valuable for new caregivers uncertain about where to turn for help. The book also has an extensive resource glossary, including current phone numbers and email addresses. "Folks planning ahead need to have sufficient information about incapacity, disability and, in general, growing old in America, so we wanted to provide some basic legal information and guidance," said Pietsch. This new edition of the award-winning handbook was prepared by Professor Pietsch and Hawai`i Elder Law Program Administrator Lenora H. Lee. Funded in part by the U.S. Administration on Aging, it was printed through a grant from the City & County of Honolulu Elderly Affairs Division. "Many people don't have a good sense about end-of-life issues, wills, powers of attorney, trusts, health-care coverage, elder abuse issues, and even hiring a care-giver," continued Pietsch. "Very often, it's thrust upon them very quickly and they need help in a hurry. We know a lot of people will look to it for crisis intervention."
Source/more: University of Hawaii Manoa