Commission on Law and Aging

Changing Lives Through Research, Education, and Advocacy

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Our Work

In addition to research, policy development, advocacy, education, and training, we provide technical assistance to legal, aging, media organizations and professionals. And, we provide legislative tracking charts and technical and educational resources on our website in the areas of: Guardianship; Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation; and Health Care Decision Making.

About the Commission

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, and other groups working on issues of aging.

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BIFOCAL The Journal of The Commission on Law and Aging

Bifocal, the ABA Commission'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. Bifocal invites the submission of elder law related news, articles, initiatives and projects. Contact us for manuscript guidelines and deadline information for upcoming issues.

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Featured Programs and Initiatives

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging examines a wide range of legal issues affecting older persons. This work results in valuable resources, conferences, technical assistance and training programs, and demonstration projects of considerable value to the association and the public at large.

Featured Resources

The Commission on Law and Aging produces a wide array of publications to assist elder law attorneys, advocates, and consumers. Many of these publications are available as free downloads on our individual Resources and Centers pages. Continue scrolling to read more about our featured resources.

Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship

The ABA Commission, with the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, has released a new report with recommendations on Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship.

Visit The Guardianship Resources Page

Managing Someone Else's Money Guides

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Here are four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers. Written by the Commission and published by the CFPB, the guides are for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries).

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Health Care Power of Attorney

An easy-to-use, legal form for all adults: Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care.

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Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else makes it easy understand what it’s like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there’s still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help.

Visit The Commission's Health Care Decision Making Page

Support Us

Help us continue to improve the lives of older Americans. Write a check made payable to Fund for Justice and Education. Designate ABA Commission on Law and Aging, on the memo line. Mail to: ABA Commission on Law & Aging 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036


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Contact Us

The Commission on Law and Aging staff can be contacted using this online form or by calling 202-662-8690.