This course is an introduction to the subject of elder care. Topics covered include advance directives, wills, guardianships, patients' rights, entitlement programs, diseases of aging, managed care, long-term care insurance, living facilities for the elderly, and financial planning.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Provide definitions when given a list of the key terms in elder law with 80% accuracy.
- Identify and correct and false statements about elder law based on the information provided in the text and lectures with 80% accuracy.
- Given elder law documents, locate correct information in response to questions posed in hypothetical fact situations.
- Understand the legal documents that may be presented in an initial interview of an elderly client, including but not limited to documents related to property, financial papers, insurance documents and wills. Students should be able to recognize the documents and outline the proper questions for an elder law client based on those documents.
- Explain the theory of advance directives and the integral role they play in the practice of elder law in clear and concise writing.
- Given a hypothetical situation, determine if it is appropriate to institute guardianship proceedings.
- Gain a basic knowledge of the nine major diseases which afflict the elderly and identify the causes, symptoms, stages, and possible treatments for each disease with 80% accuracy.
- Provide an overview of the Social Security System, Medicare System, and Medicaid System. The correct answer will include the historical background of each program as well as its problems, benefits, application process, and eligibility requirements.
- Differentiate between the types of powers of attorney and explain what powers each gives to the agent in clear and concise writing.
- Outline of the law of wills, duties of an executor, and the construction and execution ceremonies of a will.
- Explain the legal challenges to a will and how they can be protected against in clear and concise writing.
- Given a hypothetical situation, complete an inventory of a client's assets.
- List the types and causes of elder abuse, how to detect its existence, how it affects the client, and what the obligations of the legal professional are in reporting incidents of elder abuse.
- Outline the essential elements of a prenuptial agreement based on the case law.
- Explain the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment protection of an individual's liberty rights in connection with patient self-determination as interpreted in the following landmark cases: In re: Quinlan (1976), O'Connor v. Westchester County Hospital (1988), and Cruzan v. Director Missouri Department of Health (1991).
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-7)
Study Guides (Weeks 1-7)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Group Project (Week 7)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- Vietzen, Laurel A. Elder Law for Paralegals. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Publishers, 2011. ISBN-10: 0-7355-0867-4 or ISBN-13: 978-0-7355-0867-5
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Topics: The Practice of Elder Law and Advanced Directives
Topics: Guardianship / Conservatorship and Social Security
Topics: Medical Matters, Medicare and Medicaid
Topics: Estate Planning and Housing
Topics: Abuse, Neglect, & Financial Exploitation, Financial Matters
Topic: End-of-Life and Family Matters
1, 2, 3, 17, 18, 19
Topic: Viatical Settlements and Accelerated Life Insurance Benefits
Topics: Final Exam
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