by Jennifer Traglia, Gerontologist
It’s been two weeks since you last spoke to Jack. His mother, your client, has just fallen – again. This time it sounds serious. As far as you know, she is still in the hospital, with a long road of rehab ahead. Naturally, as a trusted family attorney, you feel responsible.
What will happen to the house? Will she move, or will her only son (who lives 900 miles away) set up in-home care? Surely, Jack will need to take more time off work to sort this out. If only there were a resource or professional to handle all of this…
A New Age of Aging
The statistics of our aging population are astounding. Nearly 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day! The “oldest old,” those 85 and above, have more health care needs than any other age group and are proportionately the fasted growing segment of the aging population. The medical community is not the only service segment struggling to keep up with these growing demands. Due to established long-term client relationships some attorneys also see things reaching a boiling point. Estate planning and elder law firms are feeling the effects of the aging population and are increasingly being asked to act as frontline service coordinators.