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.

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.

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

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.

The inaugural ABA Giving Day is today! You can diversify our justice system and extend free legal services to marginaliz...
10/29/2020
American Bar Association Giving Day

The inaugural ABA Giving Day is today! You can diversify our justice system and extend free legal services to marginalized communities across the nation. Visit givingday.americanbar.org to make your life-changing charitable donation. You can designate COLA in any donation.

Legal services are human services, and they are needed more urgently than ever. ABA Giving Day is your opportunity to invest in programs that counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono – a time that recog...

The FTC  just launched a new website that makes it easy for people to report fraud, scams, and bad business practices an...
10/23/2020

The FTC just launched a new website that makes it easy for people to report fraud, scams, and bad business practices and has tools you can use, including badges, videos you can share on social media or add to your website. https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

Join us on Oct. 22-23  for the Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference. List  price is $100, discount price of $7...
10/13/2020
Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference

Join us on Oct. 22-23 for the Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference. List price is $100, discount price of $75 for ABA Members, and non-profit, government or academic employees. Register at http://ow.ly/mIwv50BRApX. Or call 800-285-2221.

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.

The Virtual 2020 National Aging and  Law Conference is quickly approaching. Don't miss the Lightning Round plenary with ...
10/05/2020
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The Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference is quickly approaching. Don't miss the Lightning Round plenary with Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging giving opening remarks. Register today. http://ow.ly/td4850BJTrJ

The 2020 National Aging and Law Virtual Conference will include 10 hours of CLE credits, including 2 credits of ethics. Registration for legal aid, government and non-profit attendees starts at $75.

The Commission on Law and Aging just released a new "quick guide" with the University of Pennsylvania Penn Memory Center...
09/23/2020

The Commission on Law and Aging just released a new "quick guide" with the University of Pennsylvania Penn Memory Center, titled, Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide. Download for free: http://ow.ly/ERuf50BznJu

The updated FAQs by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic  includes CMS guidance on visits in nursing homes, COVID-19 te...
09/23/2020

The updated FAQs by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic includes CMS guidance on visits in nursing homes, COVID-19 testing for clients and loved ones, and many other resources and best practices. https://www.guardianship.org/covid-19-resources/

In the wake of #COVID19, authors of a new #NAMPerspectives commentary call for nursing homes to match patients with appr...
09/22/2020
Reimagining Nursing Homes in the Wake of COVID-19 - National Academy of Medicine

In the wake of #COVID19, authors of a new #NAMPerspectives commentary call for nursing homes to match patients with appropriate care models and settings, increase training and payment for staff, and investigate better financing models: https://doi.org/10.31478/202009a

The National Academies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our resource center >>       The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected nursing home residents. According to a New York Times database, nursing homes account for 8 percent of cases and 41 percent of COVID-19-related ...

Our 2020 Virtual National Aging and Law Conference program is now available for viewing. See detailed session descriptio...
09/17/2020

Our 2020 Virtual National Aging and Law Conference program is now available for viewing. See detailed session descriptions, a list of session presenters and more. Registration is now open. ambar.org/nalc #NALC2020

Upcoming webinar from the Commission on Law and Aging: Guardianships: Individual Rights, Statutory Updates, Uniform Laws...
09/16/2020
Guardianships: Individual Rights, Statutory Updates, Uniform Laws, and Abuses [CC]

Upcoming webinar from the Commission on Law and Aging: Guardianships: Individual Rights, Statutory Updates, Uniform Laws, and Abuses. Register here: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/403756041/

Get up to speed on what a court-ordered adult guardianship entails and what alternatives exist, the rights of the individual subject to guardianship, reform efforts currently in place to reduce elder…

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line applicat...
09/07/2020

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line application form on the Center’s website, will be available after September 15, 2020. www.borchardcla.org

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line applicat...
08/31/2020

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line application form on the Center’s website, will be available after September 15, 2020. www.borchardcla.org

Our 2020 Virtual National Aging and Law Conference program is now available for viewing. See detailed session descriptio...
08/28/2020
Virtual 2020 National Aging and Law Conference

Our 2020 Virtual National Aging and Law Conference program is now available for viewing. See detailed session descriptions, a list of session presenters and more. Registration is now open. ambar.org/nalc

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.

States are increasingly moving to shield LTC facilities from civil liability in the aftermath of COVID-19.  Read the  ar...
08/27/2020

States are increasingly moving to shield LTC facilities from civil liability in the aftermath of COVID-19. Read the article in the latest Bifocal magazine. http://ow.ly/kUuu50BaApf

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line applicat...
08/27/2020

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2021 Academic Research Grants. The on-line application form on the Center’s website, will be available after September 15, 2020. www.borchardcla.org
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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.