Aging and the Law: An Interdisciplinary Reader

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Lawrence A. Frolik
Temple University Press, 1999 - Law - 690 pages
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As Americans live longer, and as the "baby boom" generation approaches retirement, the social, political, and legal needs of older citizens pose a challenge to our institutions. One response has been the rise of "elder law." In this groundbreaking reader, Lawrence A. Frolik gathers together seminal essays on the intersection of law and issues affecting older Americans. The essays take into account not only the variety of professional perspectives but also the perspectives of individual older people, care givers, and family members.



After an introduction covering the nature of elder law, social attitudes toward the elderly, aging and ethnicity, and generational justice, the book includes sections on work, income, and wealth; housing; mental capacity; health care decision making; long-term care; health care finance; family and social issues; and abuse, neglect, victimization, and elderly criminals. It concludes with essays on legal representation and ethical issues. The essays have been edited to make them easily accessible to students and the general reader, and Professor Frolik has supplied introductions to the sections, as well as summaries of issues for which the essays could not be included.



Both comprehensive and engaging, Aging and the Law brings together essays by lawyers, social workers, health care professionals, and policy makers, as well as selected case law and congressional hearings.
 

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Contents

WHY TREAT OLDER PERSONS AS A SEPARATE CATEGORY?
10
WHO IS OLD?
27
GENERATIONAL JUSTICE
39
Work Income and Wealth
49
PENSIONS
78
SOCIAL SECURITY
92
SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
132
Housing
169
B Proxy Decision Making
337
ASSISTED SUICIDE
357
LongTerm Care
395
BOARD AND CARE HOMES
425
NURSING HOMES
433
FINANCING LONGTERM CARE
445
Health Care Finance
459
MEDICARE REFORM
489

APPROPRIATE HOUSING
181
BOARD AND CARE HOMES
195
ASSISTED LIVING
205
Mental Capacity Issues
213
LEGAL STANDARDS OF MENTAL INCAPACITY
231
GUARDIANSHIP REFORM
251
Friedman and June O Starr
267
PERSONAL AUTONOMY AND FAMILIES
277
ALTERNATIVES TO GUARDIANSHIP
285
Health Care Decision Making
295
THE RIGHT TO DIE OF COMPETENT OLDER ADULTS
312
STRUCTURAL RESPONSES TO COMPETENCY AND INFORMED CONSENT
320
MENTALLY INCAPACITATED OLDER PATIENTS
326
RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE
503
MEDICAID
512
MEDICAID REFORM
519
FILIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPOVERISHED PARENTS
532
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
553
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
566
Abuse Neglect Victimization and Elderly Criminals
579
ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN INSTITUTIONS
597
INTRODUCTION
623
REPRESENTING THE INCAPACITATED CLIENT
640
ETHICAL CONFLICTS
671
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Lawrence A. Frolik is Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

CONTRIBUTORS: David Abromowitz, William E. Adams Jr., Ronald H. Aday, Anne Alstott, William M. Altman, Alison P. Barnes, Sandra Baron, Tom L. Beauchamp, E. Beauchene, Anne E. Berdahl, Meris L. Bergquist, Merton C. Bernstein, Dan Blazer, Eric Carlson, Christine Cassel, Nina J. Crimm, William G. Dauster, David M. English, Richard A. Epstein, Lois K. Evans, Mark Falk, Linda C. Fentiman, Peter J. Ferrara, Leonard M. Fleck, W. Edward Folts, Vicki A. Freedman, Lawrence M. Friedman, the GAO Report, the  Honorable Bob Graham, Peter J. Greco, Jeane Ann Grisso, Thomas L. Hafemeister, Daniel I. Halperin, Joel F. Handler, Paula L. Hannaford, Michael C. Harper, Faye WIlson Hobbs, Steven H. Hobbs, Geoffrey T. Holtz, Howard M. Iams, Robin M. Jacobson, Molly F. James, Christine Jolls, Yale Kamisar, Richard L. Kaplan, Marshall B. Kapp, Naomi Karp, Elaanor D. Kinney, Maya Krajcinovic, Karol P. Krotki, Clifton B. Kruse Jr., Karen LaPann, Michael O. Leavitt, Dean R. Leimer, Michael V. Leonesio, Bernard Lo, Katherine M. Logan, Greg Maislin, Peter Margulies, Dorothy I. Meddaugh, Alan Meisel, Vicki Michel, Bob Miller, Linda O'Brien, Andrea D. Panjwani, Patricia A. Parmelee, Anne K. Pecora, Rebecca Plaut, Senator David Pryor, Daniel B. Radner, Ramona C. Rains, Jan Ellen Rein, Virginia P. Reno, Robert P. Roca, John Rother, Bruce D. Sales, Steven H. Sandell, Ranjana Sardana, Christine S. Sellers, Christine A. Semanson, Elisabeth A. Siegert, Andrew H. Smith, Linda F. Smith, Michael A. Smyer, Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick, June O. Starr, T. Howard Stone, the SUPPORT investigators, George J. Tichy II, CHarles Tiefer, Phillip B. Tor, Dellmar Walker, Carla T. Walls, Sidney D> Watson, Adele Welty, Linda S> Whitton, William J. Winslade, Kevin R. Wolff, Erica Wood, Barbara W. K. Yee, and the editor.

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