Nursing home arbitration, immigration, elder abuse articles featured in ABA's law and aging publication

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging  released  its summer 2019 issue of BIFOCAL, which features stories about the challenges older immigrants face as they try to access public benefits; a critical approach to identifying elder fraud and abuse; a new online resource that helps families when older adults and adult children need assistance with decision-making, and more.

The July-August summer issue is a collection of articles written by some of the country’s foremost law and aging lawyers and experts, who are available to media outlets seeking sources. Experts and their articles include:

• “Our New Nursing Home Arbitration Mandate: Educate, Educate, Educate.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued a final rule permitting arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. Read about what it means for lawyers and their clients, and for consumers.  By Charlie Sabatino.

• When Red Flags Go Up: “Informed Elder Fraud and Abuse Screenings Critical to Identifying Victims.” How to make sure you’re asking the right questions, in the right setting, to effectively screen for elder fraud and abuse — and what to do next. By Deirdre Lok.

• Chilling Effects: “Older Immigrants Face Growing Challenges for Public Benefits.” How advocates can help older immigrants get public benefits and the chilling effects of proposed rules issued by the Trump administration. By Natalie Kean.

• “Flying Without WINGS: Training for Court-Appointed Attorneys and Adult Guardians Ad Litem Piloted in Georgia.” Need Guardianship Reform? How to bring a training program to your state. By Ellie Crosby Lanier.

• “Finding the Right Fit: Decision-Making Supports and Guardianship,” a new online resource for people to help loved ones who need assistance with decision-making as well as individuals considering what assistance they may need now or in the future. Also explained is what’s involved in a power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship. By Dari Pogash.

BIFOCAL e-journal provides important information about recent developments in law and aging and provides timely, legal resources pertaining to older persons. It is published bi-monthly. The summer issue contains eight articles and is available now.

To view BIFOCAL, visit www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging.