ABA Commission on Law and Aging

ABA Commission on Law and Aging The mission of the American Bar Association's Commission is to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life & care of elders.
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The Commission consists of a 15-member interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law, including lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics, and advocates. With its professional staff, the Commission examines a wide range of law-related issues, including: Legal Services to Older Persons Health and Long-term Care Housing Needs Professional Ethical Issues Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Public Benefit Programs Planning for Incapacity Guardianship Elder Abuse Health Care Decision-making Pain Management and End-of-Life Care Dispute Resolution Court-Related Needs of Older Persons with Disabilities

Mission: The mission of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging is to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training.

Upcoming webinar. Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know. Presented by Malya Levin and David M. Godfrey. Presented as ...
02/04/2021
Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know

Upcoming webinar. Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know. Presented by Malya Levin and David M. Godfrey. Presented as part of the ABA 2021 Midyear Meeting. Register here: http://ow.ly/JDA750DeHWR
Wednesday, February 17 | 1-2 PM ET

Webinar | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 12-1 PM CT | Learn to identify and address potential elder abuse within in your clients and potential clients. You will find out how to spot the signs, symptoms and red flags of different types of abuse, whether physical, emotional or financial.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline ...
01/29/2021
Pickering Nominations

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline is February 5, 2021. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit http://ow.ly/Mwix50CnWa4.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award, which will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021.

Free Webcast: Advancing Guardianship Reform through WINGS. This webinar will cover improvements & challenges in guardian...
01/29/2021

Free Webcast: Advancing Guardianship Reform through WINGS. This webinar will cover improvements & challenges in guardianship statutes & practice and much more. Registration and additional details: http://ow.ly/lSdD50Dl4cn

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline ...
01/22/2021
Pickering Nominations

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline is February 5, 2021. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit http://ow.ly/Mwix50CnWa4.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award, which will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021.

Upcoming webinar. Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know. Presented by Malya Levin and David M. Godfrey. Presented as ...
01/21/2021
Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know

Upcoming webinar. Elder Abuse: What Attorneys Need to Know. Presented by Malya Levin and David M. Godfrey. Presented as part of the ABA 2021 Midyear Meeting. Register here: http://ow.ly/AHDR50DeHWS
Wednesday, February 17 | 1-2 PM ET

Webinar | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 1-2 PM ET | Learn to identify and address potential elder abuse within in your clients and potential clients. You will find out how to spot the signs, symptoms and red flags of different types of abuse, whether physical, emotional or financial.

The Hastings Center has released new guidance for public health authorities and health care systems to help ensure equit...
01/21/2021
New Guidance Released for Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation - The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center has released new guidance for public health authorities and health care systems to help ensure equitable and effective prioritization of Covid-19 vaccine access in months ahead.
Please share with your professional networks. http://ow.ly/QQ8j50DdQYy

The Hastings Center released new guidance for local public health authorities and health care systems to help ensure equitable and effective prioritization of Covid-19 vaccine access, based on risk factors, in the months ahead.

Save The Date! Virtual 2021 National Aging and Law Conference. October 6-8, 2021. Visit our conference web page for cont...
01/20/2021
Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference

Save The Date! Virtual 2021 National Aging and Law Conference. October 6-8, 2021. Visit our conference web page for continuing updates. http://ow.ly/5VDx50DdLCD

The theme of this year's conference is Vision 2020. On this page you will find information about registration, the NALC agenda, sponsorship and conference speakers.

01/20/2021
Lawsuit Alleges that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Violated Law by Limiting Enforcement Penalties for Nursing Homes

Lawsuit Alleges that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Violated Law by Limiting Enforcement Penalties for Nursing Homes. Read more here: http://ow.ly/VRgg50DcZt6

WASHINGTON–AARP Foundation and Constantine Cannon LLP filed a lawsuit yesterday, alleging that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

Just released. The  commission on Law and Aging's 2020 Adult Guardianship Legislation Summary. The Summary reviews 22 ne...
01/07/2021

Just released. The commission on Law and Aging's 2020 Adult Guardianship Legislation Summary. The Summary reviews 22 new enactments from 38 states. Adult Guardianship Legislation Summaries from 2013 – 2018 are available on the Commission's website. http://ow.ly/oADa50D1t3H

Help us disseminate FAQs by Guardians about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Long-Term Care Facility Residents, an addendum to F...
01/06/2021

Help us disseminate FAQs by Guardians about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Long-Term Care Facility Residents, an addendum to FAQs by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please share with your outreach groups. https://www.guardianship.org/wp-content/uploads/FAQ-vaccine-01012021.pdf

Just released! The Virtual National Aging and Law Conference 2020 course material is now available for purchase. Discoun...
12/17/2020
National Aging and Law Conference 2020 Course Material Download

Just released! The Virtual National Aging and Law Conference 2020 course material is now available for purchase. Discounted for ABA members. Purchase and download here: http://ow.ly/rbb650COnJs

The 2020 National Aging and Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, one subway stop from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline ...
12/17/2020
Pickering Nominations

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The deadline is February 5, 2021. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit http://ow.ly/Mwix50CnWa4.

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award, which will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021.

Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide is now available in Spanish. Download for free:  h...
12/11/2020

Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide is now available in Spanish. Download for free: http://ow.ly/WG1m50CJdVf

12/11/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Want to learn more about how legal aid lawyers can make impactful change in the race equity arena? Register for this forward-thinking discussion on what 2021 holds for you, your civil legal aid practice, and more! Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3nMf4R6
When: 12/15 at 1:00 p.m.

This year has seen systemic issues of race, rights, and access to justice brought to light in new ways through the lens of a global pandemic and a politically divided nation, and attorneys with LSC-funded legal aid programs have been on the frontlines of many of these challenges. Join us for a forwa...

12/10/2020

Missed the 2020 National Aging and Law Conference? The recorded sessions are available with CLE credit where available. The session, National Aging and Law Conference: Lightening Round Plenary, can be viewed here: http://ow.ly/px7350CIgI6

New resource! The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Elder Abuse/Neglect Taskforce developed a mediator’s screening too...
12/07/2020

New resource! The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Elder Abuse/Neglect Taskforce developed a mediator’s screening tool for Elder Abuse and Neglect. Get more details and download here: http://ow.ly/1qYJ50CCUxG

Check out our newly updated guardianship proceedings state statutory charts! Find the latest state laws on Capacity Defi...
12/04/2020

Check out our newly updated guardianship proceedings state statutory charts! Find the latest state laws on Capacity Definition & Initiation Representation and Investigation, Notice, Conduct and Findings, and Monitoring at ambar.org/guardianship

Virtual 2020 NALC was an overwhelming success. Click here for an overview and highlights from this year’s National Aging...
11/23/2020

Virtual 2020 NALC was an overwhelming success. Click here for an overview and highlights from this year’s National Aging and Law Conference. ambar.org/bifocal. Subscribe for free. ambar.org/subscribeBIFOCAL

Would you like to gain insight into the Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders( WINGS) program,...
11/20/2020
Bifocal

Would you like to gain insight into the Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders( WINGS) program, and get a glimpse into state efforts to implement WINGS programs? Read this article and more in Bifocal Vol. 42 Issue 2. ambar.org/bifocal

BIFOCAL, the Commission on Law and Aging's bi-monthly journal, provides timely, valuable legal resources pertaining to older persons, generated through the joint efforts of public and private bar groups and the aging network. See our Bifocal archives page for past issues prior to September 2011.

11/18/2020

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2021 John H. Pickering Achievement Award.
For more information and to submit a nomination, visit http://ow.ly/Mwix50CnWa4.

11/18/2020

Voluntary Guardianships: A Primer on States’ Guidance: This article discusses state statutory provisions regarding appointment and termination of such guardianships. Read this article in Bifocal Vol. 42 Issue 2. ambar.org/bifocal

Bifocal Vol. 42 Issue 2 is now available for download. This issue’s feature article is: It’s Complicated: The Relationsh...
11/13/2020

Bifocal Vol. 42 Issue 2 is now available for download. This issue’s feature article is: It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Advance Planning, Guardianship and Elder Abuse. Download for FREE. ambar.org/bifocal

Now available! 2020 National Aging and Law Conference, opening remarks on the Lightning Round Plenary by Lance Robertson...
11/13/2020
NALC Lance Robertson Keynote

Now available! 2020 National Aging and Law Conference, opening remarks on the Lightning Round Plenary by Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, in the Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging. View here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjUb_BGAUls&t=61s

2020 National Aging and Law Conference, opening remarks on the Lightning Round Plenary by Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, i...

Can you orally designate a surrogate decision-maker for health care decision for you if you become incapacitated?  Yes, ...
11/12/2020

Can you orally designate a surrogate decision-maker for health care decision for you if you become incapacitated? Yes, you can in 17 states for some or all health care decisions. See our new compilation of oral designation laws at http://ow.ly/CSeF50Ci3em

In partnership with other federal agencies like HUD, the CFPB is reaching out to organizations to encourage people who a...
11/11/2020
How to help homeowners protect their homes | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

In partnership with other federal agencies like HUD, the CFPB is reaching out to organizations to encourage people who are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic to take control of their mortgage loans and request forbearance.
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/how-help-homeowners-protect-their-homes/

Homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments because of a COVID-19 related hardship, or who got a mortgage forbearance that is coming to an end, should talk to their mortgage servicer or a HUD-approved housing counselor about options and next steps.

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The Commission helps vulnerable older adults by providing support, research and training to the elder law community and others who work to protect and strengthen the rights of elders. The Commission’s interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law include lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics, and advocates. With its professional staff, the Commission is involved with a wide range of issues, including: Legal Services to Older Persons Health and Long-term Care Housing Needs Professional Ethical Issues Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Public Benefit Programs Planning for Incapacity Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship Elder Abuse Health Care Decision-Making Pain Management and End-of-Life Care Dispute Resolution Court-Related Needs of Older Persons with Disabilities

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) As homeowners across the country are struggling to make mortgage payments because of a coronavirus-related hardship, learn how you can help your clients protect their homes. https://go.usa.gov/x7Rbz Homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments because of a COVID-19 related hardship, or who got a mortgage forbearance that is coming to an end, should talk to their mortgage servicer or a HUD-approved housing counselor about options and next steps.
can someone please help me understand this policy
Would like to get a hold of Dari Pogach for the Visitation Rights of Family members denied to visit elderly mother who is dying. I want to file Emergency Court Fling in AZ to see my mother before she die. My sister hold the POA and she is a nurse living and working in Seattle, WA. and my son and I lives in Minnesota. The reason why she wont give me her physical address is because I called the Marysville WA Sheriff Office to check if my mother is doing fine. And this is a very shallow reason and abuse of POA, ethics violations of a Registered Nurse.
Commission on Law and Aging The ABA Commission on Law and Aging leads the association in strengthening and securing the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations and others working on aging issues.