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Representing Clients in Guardianship Actions: Winning the Case for Supported Decision Making

2020-01-21T08:28:01-05:00October 20, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Supported Decision-Making is an alternative to guardianship where older adults and people with disabilities work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations they face and the choices they must make so they can make their own decision, without the need for a guardian. This webinar will help you learn [...]

The Fine Art of Balancing Protection with Self Determination

2019-02-20T15:06:01-05:00September 22, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Research shows that empowering individuals to actively participate in personal decision making improves life outcomes and can reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation. There is a risk of abuse and exploitation in all models of decision making for persons with differing abilities. An overly protective response to situations where a person with varying levels [...]

Helping Elders and Communities of Color to Pay for Voice and Internet Service: An Overview of the Federal Lifeline Program

2019-02-20T15:08:06-05:00August 31, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights, Racial Justice|

Come and learn about the federal Lifeline program, which was established to ensure that low-income households are connected to the modern communication network. Learn about the importance of this program for elders and communities of color as the program, which focuses on helping households afford phone service, is in the midst of a "reboot" to [...]

The Benefits and Challenges of Older Adults Aging in Place in Manufactured Housing Communities

2019-02-20T15:10:36-05:00July 23, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Thousands of older adults with modest financial resources live in manufactured housing communities. These naturally occurring retirement communities provide a safe physical and socially active environment that enable older adults to successfully age in place. Elders, however, risk displacement when the community is closed or rents are increased beyond an affordable level. This webinar will [...]

U.S. Department of Justice and Fraud Schemes Targeting Older Americans

2019-02-20T15:16:21-05:00May 27, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Attorneys from the Department of Justices Consumer Protection Branch will describe fraud schemes targeting older Americans, including Jamaican lottery scams and large-scale psychic schemes. The crimes, perpetrated through mass mailings and telemarketing, affect hundreds of thousands of U.S. consumers. Presenters will describe how the scams contact victims, the manner in which they operate and the [...]

Debt Relief Services Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore

2019-02-20T15:18:24-05:00May 21, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Older adults are increasingly entering retirement with large amounts of unsecured debt. Whether student loans or credit cards, the pressure of trying to pay these bills on a limited income makes older adults susceptible to debt relief scams. Debt relief services advertise supposedly painless ways to make your bills go away. But they often leave [...]

Supporting Grandfamilies

2019-02-20T15:21:09-05:00May 19, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Grandfamilies or kinship families are raising 2.5 million children, and a fourth of all children in foster care. Grandparents, other extended family members and close family friends step forward, often at a moment’s notice, to raise these children. Research shows that the children fare well. They have more stability, less trauma, and a greater sense [...]

Part 1: Litigation and Other Strategies to Help Reverse Mortgage Surviving Spouses

2020-01-21T08:29:19-05:00March 19, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights, Foreclosures & Mortgages|

Advocates representing widows or widowers that were left off of a reverse mortgage loan taken out by their spouses have been struggling to keep foreclosure at bay. While the Plunkett litigation is ongoing, HUD has long promised a solution addressing this issue for all non-borrowing spouses. With the issuance of Mortgagee Letter 2015-03, it is [...]

Involuntary Transfer and Discharge from Nursing Homes: Prevention, Advocacy, and Appeals

2019-02-20T15:38:52-05:00February 11, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Discuss strategies and best practices for preventing and advocating for residents facing involuntary discharge from a nursing home. Consider how those strategies, best practices change/stay the same if the resident is in assisted living. Review best practices for supporting residents and families, identifying legal support, appealing discharge notices, and more.

Exploring Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

2019-02-20T16:17:53-05:00January 14, 2015|Categories: Elder Rights|

Increasing national focus on elder abuse and a push for greater legal services involvement, particularly in the area of financial exploitation, have led to a number of difficult ethical challenges. This webinar will examine: Ways in which ageist attitudes have shaped states elder abuse laws and how these attitudes – often unconscious – affect our [...]