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The Center for Excellence in Elder Law and Dementia

We compile resources for elder law attorneys whose work brings them into contact with people who may be experiencing dementia.

Information about Elder Law and Dementia

Events

Pending and recent continuing education seminars, professional gatherings, and other events promote effective practice and relevant research at the intersection of elder law and dementia.

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Guidelines and Standards

The work of attorneys and health care providers is informed by numerous sources of professional guidance with relevance to elder law and dementia.

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Literature

Books, chapters, articles, and abstracts provide detailed background information on the results of medical and legal scholarship.

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Organizations

These professional groups are dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of dementia as a mental health condition and/or its relevance to various aspects of elder law practice.

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Dementia and Alzheimer's Webinars — A 5-Part Series

Preparing for the Dementia Journey: Considerations in Using Proceedings, Documents, and Financial Planning

Panelists on this program will discuss: (1) how to find a guardian and the pitfalls of guardianship; (2) how to make directives more effective; (3) current financial resources for dementia patients; (4) the use of long term care policies; and (5) retirement planning for dementia.

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Beginning the Dementia Journey: Telltale Symptoms

This program will help attendees recognize symptoms and learn about how to intervene legally should it become necessary.

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Legal Issues Lawyers Face Regarding Abuse of a Person with Dementia and Steps to Prevent Them

Attendees should learn to: (1) recognize abusive situations for dementia patients; (2) help determine their sources; and (3) find appropriate legal and other resources to handle the issue.

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Surviving the Final Stages of Dementia: Where Can I Find Help?

Learn what questions to ask when seeking a caregiver; pitfalls of using outside care, economic challenges of family caregivers; challenges and costs of memory care, and strategies for handling issues with caregivers and memory care facilities.

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Coping as a Family with the Daily Struggles of Dementia

Learn coping strategies for ongoing safety issues for a dementia patient (guns, keys, medication, finances, confusion); the medical issues and role of doctors; spiritual issues and role of clergy; creating dementia friendly communities; and available steps to improve brain health.

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More Resources

Elder Abuse Prevention: Avoiding and Reporting Financial Scams

Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse, and attorneys are particularly well positioned to educate older adult clients on how to identify and avoid scams.

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Elder Law Statutes

The statutes relating to elder law broken down state-by-state for public reference at any time.

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Reporting Elder Abuse

The Senior Lawyers Division’s Elder Abuse Prevention Committee has compiled a list of resources in each state where elder abuse can be reported.

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Opioid Summits, Reports, and Addiction Resources

The Senior Lawyers Division is dedicated to bringing experts in the medical and legal fields together to discuss and disperse information on ways to combat the opioid crisis.

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Books

Alzheimer's and the Practice of Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families

This timely new resource gives lawyers the information they need to understand both the law and the emotions of working with a client who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Don't Let Dementia Steal Everything: Avoid Mistakes, Save Money, and Take Control

This book is designed to be used by the reader as a reference guide to finding quality legal advice to overcome some very common legal obstacles raised by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacities: A Handbook for Lawyers, 2nd Edition

This book offers trust and estate lawyers, elder law attorneys, family lawyers, health lawyers, and general practitioners a conceptual framework and a practical system for identifying and addressing problems of client capacity, including how to work effectively with clinicians when needed.

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Articles

A Dementia Case for Lawyers

Dementia is not a normal part of aging—hear from a physician how she recognized the first warning signs in her patient wanting to change her will, and how neuropsychological testing can help differentiate Alzheimer’s from other memory issues.

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Warning Signs of Dementia for Legal Professionals

Dementia is not a normal part of aging—hear from a physician how she recognized the first warning signs in her patient wanting to change her will, and how neuropsychological testing can help differentiate Alzheimer’s from other memory issues.

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Dad Just Called. Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s. What Do You Do Now?

Receiving the news that a loved one has Dementia is never easy. Hear from an Elder Law attorney the realities of living with Alzheimer's, and the limitations of Medicare and Medicaid in long-term care.

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Related On-Demand CLE Programs for Practitioners

Incapacity, Continuum of Care, and Practical Pitfalls

Incapacity and dementia affects all practitioners (both personally and professionally) especially as our profession ages. Truly, it is not a matter of "if" a practitioner will be confronted with issues related to incapacity, it is a matter of "when".

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Lawyer Well Being in the Fourth Quarter of Life

The program covers how to best respond when lawyers and judges are impaired and unfit to practice.

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Ethics of Capacity and Rule 1.14

Join the Commission on Law & Aging for their Annual National Institute dedicated to housing, Medicare and Medicaid, diversity, guardianship & more.

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