Thursday, September 23, 2021

Senate Committee on Aging Hearing Today

The Senate's Select Committee on Aging is holding a hearing today at 9:30 a.m. on "Frauds, Scams and COVID-19: How Con Artists Have Targeted Older Americans During the Pandemic". The witnesses include three experts and one consumer.   The hearing will be available through a live feed.  Click here to watch the hearing.

September 23, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Federal Statutes/Regulations, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 20, 2021

SSI Recipients and Disaster Related Assistance Webinar

Mark your calendars now for a free webinar,  Pandemic-Related Disaster Assistance for SSI Recipients, hosted by the National Center on Law & Elder Rights. Scheduled for September 21, 2021 at 2 eastern, the webinar description explains:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently changed their rules about how pandemic-related financial assistance can affect an individual’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or monthly SSI benefit amount. Previously, SSA had been counting many types of assistance as income and resources for SSI purposes, resulting in individuals having their SSI benefits reduced or suspended, or having their applications for SSI benefits denied. However, due to the severity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SSA has decided they will not count most types of pandemic-related financial assistance against SSI eligibility or benefit amount.

This training will review the guidance issued by SSA on what types of financial assistance they now consider pandemic-related disaster assistance, what steps they will be taking to restore individuals’ SSI benefits, and what advocates can do to assist clients with contacting SSA to access or restore SSI benefits.

To register, click here.

September 20, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Federal Statutes/Regulations, Programs/CLEs, Social Security, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Webinar on Guardianship Accountability and Autonomy

The Elder Justice Initiative has announced an upcoming webinar, Innovations in Guardianship: Maximizing Autonomy and Ensuring Accountability, scheduled for September 30, 2021 at 2 eastern. Here's a description of the webinar:

Guardianship is one approach to providing support and assistance to adults who need help with decision-making about finances and personal issues. However, as recent high-profile and less visible cases illustrate, guardianship can also infringe on personal rights and can lead to mistreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. Join us for a webinar to discuss current trends and challenges in state guardianship systems, policies and practice. Using real-life guardianship scenarios, the webinar will explore ways to maximize autonomy and ensure accountability throughout the guardianship process. Presenters will discuss less restrictive alternatives to guardianship as well as ways to improve adjudication and post-appointment oversight of guardians.

The link to register for the free webinar is here.

September 13, 2021 in Cognitive Impairment, Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

This CLE Is Worth Watching: #FreeBritney: Transforming & Reforming Conservatorship & Guardianship.

I had blogged a while back about this CLE, - #FreeBritney: Transforming and Reforming Conservatorship and Guardianship .  It was just excellent, and the recording is now available.  The program was sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Commission on Disability Rights, and Commission on Law and Aging.   The recording is available here.

Here's a  description of the program:

Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle has shed light on the widespread problems and overuse of conservatorships/guardianships nationwide. Guardianships can be abusive and unnecessarily strip individuals of their civil rights to make their own decisions and use supports to live and direct their lives. Disability, aging, and civil rights advocates are calling for changes to reduce the overuse of guardianship and conservatorship, to strengthen recognition and use of less restrictive alternatives to guardianship like supported decision-making, and increase due process protections in guardianship proceedings and in the monitoring of guardianships. Our panel of experts discusses the risks and harms of guardianship, its systemic flaws, and the promise of alternatives like supported decision-making. They discuss reforms and changes that can address the problems that Britney Spears’ case has brought to light.

Put some time on your calendars to watch this very important CLE.  Don't forget to scroll down the page to check out the resources that are provided.

 

 

August 31, 2021 in Cognitive Impairment, Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Register Now: Webinar on Guardianship Rights in the Era of Britney Spears

Register now for a free webinar next Monday, August 23, at 3 eastern, #FreeBritney: Transforming and Reforming Conservatorship and Guardianship.

Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle has shed light on the widespread problems and overuse of conservatorships/guardianships nationwide. Guardianships can be abusive and unnecessarily strip individuals of their civil rights to make their own decisions and use supports to live and direct their lives. Disability, aging, and civil rights advocates are calling for changes to reduce the overuse of guardianship and conservatorship, to strengthen recognition and use of less restrictive alternatives to guardianship like supported decision-making, and increase due process protections in guardianship proceedings and in the monitoring of guardianships. Our panel of experts will discuss the risks and harms of guardianship, its systemic flaws, and the promise of alternatives like supported decision-making. They will discuss reforms and changes that can address the problems that Britney Spears’ case has brought to light.

Panelists include:
- Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy at The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
- Zoe Brennan-Krohn, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Program, American Civil Liberties Union, San Francisco
- Jasmine Harris, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
- Hon. Lauren S. Holland – Judge, Lane County Circuit Court
- Charles Sabatino (Moderator) – Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

To register, click here.

August 17, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Ethical Issues, Programs/CLEs, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Reminder! Here is Program for Upcoming Aging, Health, Equity & the Law Conference at Touro

Here is a link to the full schedule of speakers and topics for the virtual conference on "Aging, Health, Equity and the Law" hosted by Touro Law College on Monday, September 13, 2021.  The program runs from noon to 6:15 and registration is free.  Highlights include:

  • 12:20 Keynote Address 

    Nina A. Kohn, the David M. Levy Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education at Syracuse  Law, and the Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law for the Solomon Center   for Health Law & Policy at Yale Law School.

  • Afternoon Tracks on Different Topics, including (you will have other great options too, so I encourage you to look at the full schedule linked above!):  

        1:00 "Property Law for the Ages," by University of Chicago Law Professor Lior Strahilevitz 

        1:30 "Allocating Scarce Medical Resources During a Public Health Crisis:  Should Age Matter?" by Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Mantel

        2:00 "Anti-Racism in Nursing Homes," by Elizabeth Chen, Acting Assistant Professor, NYU Law

        3:00 "Incorporating Cultural Sensitivity in Elder Law Courses", by Richard Kaplan, University of Illinois Law

        4:00 "End of Life, Elder Abuse, and Guardianship: An Exploration of NY's  Surrogate Decision-making Framework," by Deirdre Lok and Tristan Sullivan, Counsel at the Weinburg  Center for Elder Justice

Registration (Free!)  is here, and New York CLE credits are available.  

July 28, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Discrimination, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Ethical Issues, Health Care/Long Term Care, Housing, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Webinar on Resuming SNF Visitation & Spotting Trauma

Register now for this  June 18 (3 eastern) webinar, NORC Webinar: Resuming In-Person Visits During COVID-19: Tips for Identifying Trauma, Potential Abuse, and Supporting Residents

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) join us to learn how to identify and respond to signs of trauma and potential abuse or neglect and support residents as Ombudsman programs resume in-person visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a national and international expert on elder abuse and neglect, will provide tips for Ombudsman programs conducting in-person visits, such as signs of trauma in response to isolation and loss during the pandemic and potential signs of abuse and neglect. She will also share recommendations for supporting residents and available resources. As an accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Mosqueda has testified in front of Congress and has been invited to the White House several times to discuss elder justice initiatives. She has taken the lead on landmark studies to identify forensic markers of abuse and neglect and serves as a volunteer representative for the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

Attendees will also hear from two Ombudsman program representatives as they share their experience resuming in-person visits and highlight what they observed upon reentry, how they supported residents, tips for visits, lessons learned, and successful practices.

Click here to register.

June 8, 2021 in Consumer Information, Crimes, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Federal Statutes/Regulations, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Webinar on Ageism in SNFs

The Long Term Care Community Coalition is offering a webinar on April 20, 2021 at 1 eastern on an Antidote to Ageism in Nursing Homes. Here's the description

Residents thrive when helped to achieve their highest practicable level of physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing. When the requirements of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 are realized, the colonial, custodial injustice of long-term scare will finally end. In this webinar, Cathy Unsino, LCSW, will talk about how to transform nursing homes into warm, vibrant communities in which residents and staff thrive.

Click here to register.

April 6, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Discrimination, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 12, 2021

Webinar on Person-Centered Services and Long-Term Care

Mark your calendars now for this upcoming webinar from AARP and the D.C. Office of the A.G. on Person-Centered Services and Long-Term Care,scheduled for March 10 at 11 eastern. Here's more info about this webinar:

People living in long-term care facilities, or receiving long-term care services, have the right to make their own decisions about their care and to lead those discussions. Join us to learn more about what Person-Centered Services means for people receiving long-term care, for their families and for service providers, especially now with the challenges imposed by the public health emergency.

Click here to register. 

March 12, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 1, 2021

Mark you Calendars: Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture U. of Ill. Law

The annual Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture at the University of Illinois College of Law is scheduled for March 10, 2021 at noon (central) virtually.  This year's lecture, "Ways of Thinking About Medical Care: Alternative Models and Structures and Their Policy Significance" will be presented by James F. Blumstein, Vanderbilt University of the University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law & Policy and Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management, Director, Vanderbilt Health Policy Center.

Here's a description of the presentation:

Traditionally, medical care has been understood to function under a professional paradigm; medical decisions are considered purely scientific under a standard of “medical necessity.” Medicare and Medicaid were based on this model, where economics has little sway. Over time, an alternative model, an economic paradigm, has gained traction. Under the alternative model, economics plays an important role in medical decisionmaking. The professional model had a strong influence on the design and structure of Medicare and Medicaid, with significant consequences in terms of cost escalation. Medicaid, in particular, has been an uncapped entitlement program of federal/state spending. About 20 years ago, Medicaid introduced managed care, which allowed for consideration of economic factors in medical decisionmaking. And, at the same time, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) developed a competing model for federal/state healthcare spending. The Affordable Care Act  (ACA) relied on cost savings from projected Medicare spending to fund increased access to care, a clear recognition of the salient role of economics in supporting expanded access to care. Most recently, the federal government has approved a Tennessee Medicaid waiver, essentially transferring the CHIP funding model to the context of Medicaid. The interplay of economics and program design/structure in healthcare programs, culminating in the recent Medicaid waiver for Tennessee, will form the centerpiece of this year’s Baum Memorial Lecture.

Here is the info to attend

Join by Zoom Meeting

https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86080084604?pwd=enVlbEtyZVN6bFMxR0lyUE9udUhuUT09

Meeting ID: 860 8008 4604
Password: 041404

Join by Skype for Business

https://illinois.zoom.us/skype/86080084604

Thanks to Professor Kaplan for letting me know about this wonderful program!

March 1, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Health Care/Long Term Care, Other, Webinars | Permalink

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Upcoming Webinars

Register now for two upcoming webinars.

1. Webinar: Financial Protection for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic set for Feb 23, 2021 at 1 eastern. 

Join experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and ACL on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 pm ET for a free webinar on financial protection of older adults during the COVID pandemic. The FCC will begin the program with an overview of coronavirus-related phone scams targeting older adults. The CFPB will share resources to help older adults address the financial impact of the pandemic. HHS will conclude the webinar with a discussion of the role of the aging services network.

Click on FCC live link to join the webinar on Feb 23 at 1 eastern.

2. A series of 3 webinars from the DOJ Elder Justice Initiative;

  • March 4th 2pm EST  |  Programs for Older Adults Who Have Experienced Financial Exploitation. Learn about three distinct programs designed specifically for older adults who have experienced financial exploitation. Register here.
  • March 23rd 2pm EST  |  The Path Forward: One MDT’s Journey to Address the Impact of Racial Injustice on Their Work. The Hennepin County Minnesota Adult Protection/Law Enforcement Multi-Disciplinary Team “MDT” provides a model case study of the impact of racial injustice on their work as an elder abuse MDT in Minneapolis. Register here.

  • April 13th 2pm EST  |  Tackling Transnational Robocall Scams: The Importance of State and Federal Partnerships Features a Federal and State partnership that successfully fought against computerized autodialing “robocall” scammers.  Register here

February 18, 2021 in Consumer Information, Crimes, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Federal Statutes/Regulations, Programs/CLEs, State Cases, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Webinar on Guardianships

Mark your calendars now for this important webinar, Advancing Guardianship Reform through Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) on Feb. 9, 2021 at 2 eastern.

Improvements to state adult guardianship systems can include the promotion of less restrictive options, strengthening rights, and ensuring accountability. To make real changes in law and practice requires the collaboration of courts with stakeholders in the legal, aging, and disability communities. Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) or similar collaborative entities in many states have begun to forge positive changes.  

The 2020 American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging WINGS Briefing Paper makes key findings and recommendations about the effectiveness of WINGS and the need for their long-term, systemic support. This webinar will highlight the WINGS Briefing Paper findings and recommendations, and summarize guardianship reform obstacles and efforts and the development of WINGS. Presenters will also offer tips to establish or enhance WINGS in your state.

Click here to register.

February 3, 2021 in Cognitive Impairment, Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

KFF Web Briefing on COVID Vaccine and LTC Facilities

Mark your calendars for a free briefing on January 14 at noon eastern for a free webinar from the Kaiser Family FoundationA Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations:

KFF will hold an interactive web event at Noon Eastern time on Thursday, January 14 that will provide the latest data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in long-term care facilities and examine how the effort to vaccinate residents and staff in long-term care settings is going, challenges experienced so far, and opportunities for improvement.

The event will be co-moderated by Tricia Neuman, a Senior Vice President of KFF and Executive Director of the Program on Medicare Policy, and Rachel Garfield, a Vice President at KFF and Co-Director of the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Priya Chidambaram, a Senior Policy Analyst at KFF, will provide the latest data on cases and deaths in long-term care facilities. A panel discussion on COVID-19 vaccination efforts will follow featuring a range of perspectives, including those of patients, nursing home officials, and pharmacy providers who are performing the vaccinations.

Click here to register for the webinar.

January 10, 2021 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Health Care/Long Term Care, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Webinar on Elder Abuse: Prevention, Intervention, and Remediation

Mark your calendars for January 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. eastern for a webinar on Elder Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Remediation from the National Center on Law and Elder Rights.

Everyone who works with older adults has a role to play in prevention, intervention, and remediation of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Helping starts with understanding the landscape of elder abuse and the service providers and systems involved in addressing abuse. This legal basics training will provide an overview of the fundamentals of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and the signs and signals of abuse that attendees can reference in their daily lives and work.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three stages of responses to abuse
  • Apply basic definitions of abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • Identify risk factors or signs of abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Identify the differences between undue influence, exploitation, and fraud
  • Describe added risks in a time of COVID-19

To register, click here.

January 7, 2021 in Consumer Information, Crimes, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, State Cases, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink

Monday, December 14, 2020

Register Now for This Webinar

On Thursday, December 17, 2020, for a webinar through the National Center for State Courts Elders and Courts. The webinar covers "a new web-based interactive tool: the Judicial Response Protocol for Guardianship and Conservatorship abuses (http://www.eldersandcourts.org/guardianship_conservatorship/guardianship-conservatorship-resources-for-courts/responses-to-allegations-of-wrongdoing). This webinar will be helpful for judges and for court staff. This project was developed with the support of the State Justice Institute..'

To register, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EuKscJoASJaNSY4hJs2jlg

December 14, 2020 in Cognitive Impairment, Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Register Now-SNT Webinar January 6, 2021

The Center for Medicare Advocacy announces their next webinar, Skilled Nursing Facility Updates, scheduled for Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST. To register, click here.

December 2, 2020 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Federal Statutes/Regulations, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 2, 2020

Register Now: Webinar on Representing Persons Under Guardianship

The National Center for Law & Elder Rights is offering a free webinar on November 10, 2020 at 2 eastern on Representing a Person with a Guardian.  Here's the info about the webinar

Attorneys, including legal services attorneys, should be open to representing individuals under guardianship. When representing a person with a guardian, an attorney may need to take extra steps to ensure their client has the right to counsel of their choice, and be a strong advocate to ensure that the proceedings are treated with dignity and the client’s due process rights are upheld. By using procedural and evidentiary tools—including alternatives to guardianship—advocates can increase clients’ independence and autonomy and restore their civil rights.

In this training, presenters will share:

  • Considerations for representing a legally incapacitated client;
  • Strategies for advocating for clients’ rights;
  • Standards and burdens for modifying or terminating guardianship; and
  • Information on requesting reasonable accommodations.

To register for the webinar, click here

November 2, 2020 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Programs/CLEs, State Statutes/Regulations, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Webinar: Tools for Financial Caregivers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  and the National Alliance for Caregiving are offering a free webinar on Tuesday, October 20 at 2 p.m. eastern on Tools for Financial Caregivers of Older Adults.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) will provide a free webinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 2-3 pm ET. NAC will share findings from its joint study with AARP on caregiving, including ways financial strain can affect caregivers and older adults. The CFPB will share free resources for financial caregivers of older adults, with an emphasis on tips and tools that can be used during the Pandemic to manage someone else’s money.

Presenters:

  • Gabriela Prudencio – National Alliance for Caregiving
  • Lisa Weintraub Schifferle – CFPB, Office for Older Americans
  • Kate Kramer – CFPB, Office for Older Americans

Click here to register. You can download the corresponding report here.

October 16, 2020 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 14, 2020

Dual Eligibles and COVID Coverage

Mark your calendars now for a free webinar on How Health Plans Serving Dual Eligibles Can Center Equity During COVID-19.  The webinar is set for October 6, 2020 from 2-3:30 p.m.  Here's a description of  the webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront longstanding racial disparities in our healthcare system, and data show that older adults – especially older adults of color and those in residential congregate settings – are disproportionately impacted by the virus. Aging advocates play a key role in holding health plans and government agencies accountable to meeting the needs of those most at risk during this time. In this webinar, How Health Plans Serving Dual Eligibles Can Center Equity During COVID-19 , we will provide an overview of dual eligibles and the types of health plans that serve them. We will also present specific programmatic recommendations that advocates can push health plans with dual eligible members in their community to adopt. These recommendations are measures that plans can take to center equity in their ongoing response to COVID-19 and ensure they are meeting the needs of older adults of color during this challenging time.

To register, click here.

September 14, 2020 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Federal Statutes/Regulations, Health Care/Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Upcoming Virtual Elder Law Symposium

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Virtual Symposium: The Current State of Elder Law. The symposium will be October 12, from 10-5:45 edt.  Here's a description about the program

DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center is hosting a full day virtual symposium on the area of elder law.  Through various panel discussions with experts in the field, panelists and attendees will explore the intersection of family law and elder law, emergency guardianships, advance directives, public benefits, caregivers, choices in end of life matters, protecting your loved ones from financial exploitation, and LGBTQ Seniors.  There will also be an elder law case law update that you don't want to miss.

Click here for more info and to register.

August 27, 2020 in Consumer Information, Current Affairs, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Health Care/Long Term Care, Programs/CLEs, Webinars | Permalink