Florida Analysis: Guardianship cases of the last decade in Miami-Dade probate court

Subject: GD cases from ETG’s Date: 2015-07-24 12:11 From: “Rivera, Evelyn (COC)” To: “Sam Sugar, MD” Good afternoon Dr. Sugar, Attached you will find the report you requested consisting of Guardianship cases that were preceded by an Order assigning an Emergency Temporary Guardian in a Mental Health case. The report includes all Guardianship cases filed during the last ten years. Read More …

NYTimes – The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud

AAAPG is not the only group to inquire about the apparent exploitation of Harper Lee by her attorney, acting as Trustee, in the publication of Lee’s supposed prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has come right out and declared this publishing “sensation” by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins, a “fraud.” To make it plainly clear, the Read More …

NYTimes: Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law

Filed under our new category: Know Your Rights July 17, 2015, The New York Times, “The New Old Age” column by Paula Span  (emphasis added) Intended to keep personal health information private, the law does not prohibit health care providers from sharing information with family, friends or caregivers unless the patient specifically objects. Even if he or she is not Read More …

California: AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown – All Adults Have A Right to Visitation

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:53:19 -0700 Subject: California AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown: All Adults Have A Right to Visitation From: Linda Kincaid, MPH AB 1085 originated in response to isolation of Casey Kasem by his wife.  The original bill only addressed visitation in step-family relationships. With encouragement from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and Coalition for Elder and Read More …

Japan: VOX POPULI – Swift action needed to oust corrupt guardians of mentally incompetent people

Also, there is no end in sight to embezzlement by guardians who are in the legal profession, such as attorneys and judicial scriveners. The perpetrators even include attorneys who are responsible for supervising the guardians. They have certainly forgotten that their professional credibility is built upon the trust of the public. From July 24, 2015, Vox Populi, Vox Dei is Read More …

Opinion: How do we help seniors at risk of Guardianship?

Maybe instead of getting them more pills and doctors, we should bring them to the gym, because once they become wards they will never see a gym again. From the American Medical Association (AMA) news: Regular exercise may benefit seniors facing onset of Alzheimer’s The Los Angeles Times (7/24, Healy) reports in “Science Now” on studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Read More …

Los Angeles Times: To fend off dementia, run — or dance, bike, power-walk or step

July 23, 2015 – written by Melissa Healy Scientists testing experimental drugs to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease have for years endured a drumbeat of inconclusive and disappointing trial results. But dementia researchers meeting in Washington, D.C., this week got some unexpectedly good news on the benefits of a therapy that is readily available, inexpensive to deliver and free of Read More …

Texas: Commentary on Guardianship opinion piece in Austin American-Statesman

Thomas Suehs, former executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and member of the Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Workgroup recently published an opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman, extolling the benefits of unnamed legislative bills, passed during Texas’ just-completed 84th biennium legislative session, which purport to support Wards during legal Guardianship, which once enacted, typically lasts the Read More …

New York Times: Dementia Develops Faster in Women Than in Men, Study Suggests

Women who develop slight but detectable deficits in memory and mental acuity late in life tend to decline faster than men with mild impairment, researchers reported on Tuesday. Some two-thirds of the five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, in part because women live longer. Researchers have searched in vain for decades to determine other reasons for the disparity. Read More …

Florida State Guardianship Association gears up against future legislative efforts aimed at regulation

The June 2012 Florida State Guardianship Association’s (FSGA) official monthly newsletter, The Bulletin, published their President’s Message which contained some surprising statements.  Written by FSGA President Jetta Getty, the message extolls the defeat of Florida Sen Nancy Detert’s HB 1228, and publicly thanks the Florida House of Representatives for walking out of the legislative session early, thus spelling defeat for Read More …