Elder Law is a legal field that encompasses many different practice areas. These practice areas include financial planning; estate planning; major entitlement programs such as Social Security income, pension and retirement benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid; health care considerations; planning for incapacity, including living wills, durable powers of attorney, and right-to-die issues; and discrimination against the elderly. This guide is designed to help students find the best research resources for topics in Elder Law.
1. Common Terms Used in Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial Management (DPOA) Cal. Prob. Code §§ 4000 - 4545.
2. Common Terms Used in Advance Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for Health Care Cal. Prob. Code §§ 4600 - 4806.
AARP Research Center
Includes the Public Policy Institute, Surveys and Statistics, Academic Affairs
ABA Commission on Law and Aging
The mission of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging is to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training. The Commission publishes a wide array of professional and consumer guides on issues in law and aging and detailed analysis of laws and policies that impact older Americans.
Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform’s goal is to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.
Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA) provides technical assistance to state, regional, and local organizations in the design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of low-cost legal assistance delivery systems—primarily, senior legal helplines.
Institute on Aging (IOA) works to enhance the quality of life for aging adults and adults living with disabilities, enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community.
Justice in Aging
Justice in Aging is a nonprofit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, Justice in Aging seeks to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources and access to the courts for all.
The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) provides the legal services and aging and disability communities with the tools and resources they need to serve older adults with the greatest economic and social needs.