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Vol. 38, Issue 2 (November - December 2016)

  December 2016



National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) & National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER)

The Commission on Law and Aging has received funding under the Older Americans Act to support the development and delivery of legal assistance to persons age 60 and over with the greatest economic or social needs for over 25 years. Over the years, the focus of this work has shifted several times and this year saw the shift from resource development under the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) to training, materials, and case consultation for the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). The change is much greater than the change in name; it is a major change in the structure of the Center.


Human Rights of Older Persons

This year the Commission continued its participation in the annual meetings of the U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing in collaboration with the official ABA liaison Professor Bill Mock of John Marshall Law School. The Working Group has continued to engage in extensive inquiry and debate about whether the U.N. should pursue a separate convention on the rights of older persons, or instead, seek to strengthen the enforcement of existing universal international standards as they may apply to older persons. That question has remained a threshold sticking point to consensus.


Illinois-Specific Lay Fiduciary Resource and Webinar Now Available

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. These financial caregivers may be agents under a power of attorney, guardians of property or other fiduciaries. To help financial caregivers in Illinois, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Office for Older Americans has created easy-to-understand Managing Someone Else’s Money guides with information and resources specific to Illinois.


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

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