October 18, 2017

Civil Rights, LGBT elders, guardianship and drug prices among topics at ABA Aging and Law Conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2017 — Civil Rights, guardianship and drug pricing will be among topics discussed by industry experts during the American Bar Association’s 2017 National Aging and Law Conference on Oct. 26-27 in Silver Spring, Md. 

Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging and administrator for the Administration for Community Living, will deliver remarks on Friday, Oct. 27 as part of a Rapid-Fire Plenary from 8:30-9:45 a.m. During the sessions, experts will cover everything from health care decision making laws to links between race disparities in advance care and estate planning.

National Aging and Law Conference  
sponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27, 2017

DoubleTree Hilton Silver Spring
8727 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Program highlights include:

“Strategies for Challenging Excessive Drug Prices” — Experts in the economics of prescription drugs will discuss current trends to challenge high drug prices and look at what states are doing to help control costs.
Friday, 10-11 a.m., Pinnacle Grand Ballroom.

“Civil Rights and Older Adults” — LGBT protections, ageism and disability rights will top the agenda at this panel. Experts will offer a historical perspective about systemic racial injustice and discrimination affecting individuals in the LGBT, disability and older worker communities. This panel of lawyers, advocates and federal agency representatives will explore avenues that legal services can use to protect the civil rights of an aging population within these communities.
Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Pinnacle Grand Ballroom.

“What’s hot in Guardianship: Learn the Latest and Fly with WINGS” — This session will garner audience participation in assessing challenges that face guardianship reform. Panelists will give a national overview of the state of 2017 guardianship legislation. Also, they will explore the innovative approaches of states regarding communication, visitation rights and financial exploitation through WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders).

Friday, 2:45-4 p.m., Room: Inspiration A.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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