Issue 4 (April 2014)

Will Your Health Care Advance Directive Be There When You Need It?

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Will Your Health Care Advance Directive Be There When You Need It?

Learn about the Commission's new health care advance directive manager app!

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Guardianship is an import tool for protecting incapacitated adults who are unable to care for themselves. This article provides a comparison of state statutory restrictions on guardianship health-care decision making and analyzes how those restrictions have changed in the last ten years.

As our nation’s population continues to age, the importance of independent monitoring of guardianship grows as well. Monitoring is critical to protecting society’s most vulnerable individuals—older individuals with dementia, younger individuals with disabilities, and minors.

To master the VA system requires mastery of a new and complicated area of practice—but it is also a wonderful opportunity to help veterans who have served our country.

The first major legislation ever enacted by Congress addressing elder abuse, the Elder Justice Act, is about to finish its fourth year of existence since its passage in 2010 without ever having a penny appropriated under it.

Complete this brief survey to tell the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) how it can support your work!

Web video shorts on talking and planning how you want to die.

The AARP Foundation in pleased to announce continuation of the AARP Foundation Jerry D. Florence Scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships is to offset part of the cost of attendance at the 2014 National Aging and Law Conference by advocates working on behalf of low income and diverse older adults.

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