Planning, Benefits, Abuse, and Discrimination: The Basics of Elder Law & Issues Specific to the LGBT Aging Community Part 2
From Jeff Layne
Attorney at Law,
Sundin Law Group
The focus of Ms. Sundin’s presentation is elder abuse. She has seen cases of this in the course of her work as an attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and at a Bay Area law firm. Just as with other aspects of the senior community, older LGBT adults suffer from abuse at the hands of partners, family members, and others. (She notes that 90 percent of elder abuse is committed by family members of the abused senior.) Ms. Sundin states that, legally, elder abuse is “physical abuse, neglect, financial harm, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment resulting in the physical harm, pain, or mental suffering of an elder.” She gives examples of abuse, and then discusses the responsibilities of mandated reporters and the options available to defend older people against abuse.
Recorded: April 11, 2013