Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW9095
    Sched. No.: 114219113

Aging And The Law*
Section 1
Evans, Jonathan M.
White, Thomas R.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1600-1800 (WB129)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**
Current Enrollment:16 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**
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Course Description:

Our society is getting dramatically older. Individuals aged 60 or older now comprise 18.4% of the population of the United States, a percentage which rises steeply over the next two decades to approximately 25% of the population. An aging population is bringing with it a new set of problems for our legal system. How should the legal system evolve to protect the well being of older persons whose health may be infirm or whose financial situation has been compromised, as well as the situations of those who care for them? These are serious issues for health care providers, for lawyers, and for the relationship between the legal and health care systems.

This seminar will address these legal and policy issues. Representative topics include ethical issues raised in representing elderly clients; financing of health care (Medicare and Medicaid, particularly after enactment of the Affordable Care Act) and the estate planning and legal questions that health care costs pose for elderly clients; guardianship and other mechanisms of surrogate decision-making; nursing home regulation, special housing needs for elderly individuals and the availability of assisted living facilities; elder abuse and neglect; end-of-life medical care (including physician-assisted suicide); employment discrimination; and, if time permits, income security (Social Security and employer-provided pensions). Dr. Evans will participate in the entire seminar, which will address medical issues as well as legal questions involving the relationship between health care professionals and the legal system. Outside speakers may be invited to address selected topics, and class visits to a nursing home and an assisted living facility will be scheduled. Class participation will be taken into account in grading.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: A substantial research paper

This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.