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

July 26, 2015

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 Dependent Adult Rights (CEDAR), language in the bill was expanded to address ALL adult [- more...]

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

July 26, 2015

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 a daily column that runs on Page 1 of The Asahi Shimbun. We can never expect perfection in the workings of society. Flaws [- more...]

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

July 24, 2015

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 Conference suggesting that exercise may benefit people with mild cognitive impairment and [- more...]

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

July 24, 2015

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 unwanted side effects. It’s aerobic exercise. And in a head-to-head with available [- more...]

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

July 23, 2015

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 duration of the Ward’s [- more...]

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

July 23, 2015

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. The authors of the new study, who presented their work at the Alzheimer’s Association International [- more...]

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

July 21, 2015

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 the licensing of professional guardians. Other [- more...]

New Mexico: Marcia Southwick reviews Guardianship laws from Santa Fe

July 20, 2015

Boomers Against Elder Abuse – a FB community Notes from Marcia Southwick’s talk on Sunday July 19, 2015 at the Journey Santa Fe Lecture Series, and KSFR Radio. GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP: A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD: What is guardianship/conservatorship? Different states use these two different terms in different ways, but I will refer to all of it as guardianship to simplify. Guardianship is a legal process by which a person is deemed incapacitated and some if not all of their [- more...]

Forbes: Beware The Con Game Of Conservatorships

July 18, 2015

Since May is Older Americans Month — established by JFK in 1963 when it was called Senior Citizens Month — it’s an appropriate time to sound an alert about a con game being played on some older Americans. I’m talking about crooks who are appointed as conservators (or guardians) to manage someone’s affairs and then turn their wards into financial abuse victims. To read this complete, informative article by Richard Eisenberg for Forbes magazine, got to Beware The Con Game Of [- more...]
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