The Center for Social Gerontology
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: TCSG's 2009 Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver Mediation Training October 1-3, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Registration is now open for The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)‘s Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver Mediation Training, to be held this year from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
This three-day advanced training is designed for trained, experienced mediators who wish to expand their practice to include mediation of issues or disputes that arise when guardianship over an adult is being considered, and/or when elders and their families are confronted with extremely difficult decisions regarding the care of a vulnerable family member which can easily lead to family conflict. The training is also of value to judges, court administrators, and others considering or involved in establishing adult guardianship / Conservatorship mediation programs in their states or local jurisdictions, and a limited number of spots are reserved for these professionals.
Trainers will be Penelope A. Hommel, Co-Director of The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc.; Robert J. Rhudy, Consulting Attorney for The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc. and President & Executive Director of Senior Mediation and Decision-Making, Inc.; and Carolyn J. Rodis, Mediator, Trainer, and Director of Training of Senior Mediation and Decision-Making, Inc.
For more detailed information and to download the 2009 Registration Form, please click above or here. Information last updated July 2, 2009.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Elder Mediation Annotated Resource Library Released
The Center for Social Gerontology is pleased to announce the release of the annotated bibliography on elder mediation. The bibliography's purpose is to provide a comprehensive listing and brief description of the universe of existing materials including books, manuals, reports, articles, video, online information, and more on the development, provision, and evaluation of elder mediation. For more information please click here.
TCSG's Unofficial Compilation of the OAA as amended in 2006
The Older Americans Act was amended during the fall of 2006 by the enactment of HR 6197. As of February 2007, an official compilation of the Act as amended had still not been printed. To assist a variety of organizations who would find it useful to have a complete version of the OAA which includes the amendments adopted by Congress in 2006, The Center for Social Gerontology put together an unofficial compilation of the changes to the Older Americans Act. For convenience in downloading the documents, we put each Title of the OAA in a separate pdf file as well as including a complete, unofficial compilation with a table of contents. To view the OAA Unofficial Compilation, click here.
Smoke-free Apartment web site wins "Standard of Excellence" award in 2004 Internet Advertising Competition Awards
The national Web Marketing Association announced on September 16th their 2004 Internet Advertising Competition Awards which honor excellence in online advertising and recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for the award-winning Internet advertising. We at The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc. (TCSG) are delighted to announce that our MISmokefreeApartment.org Internet web site has been selected to receive a "Standard of Excellence" award in this year's competition. This social marketing web site, together with the radio ads, billboard designs, and post card mailers -- all designed to encourage landlords to adopt smoke-free policies in their buildings and to assist tenants in seeking smoke-free apartments -- were all made possible under TCSG's Smoke-Free Environments Law Project, which is now in its 5th year of funding from the Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Kudos go to Brogan & Partners -- the media and convergence marketing agency -- with whom we contracted to develop this exciting new smoke-free environments campaign and who did such an outstanding job with and for us. We're delighted with the web site, ads and the whole smoke-free apartments initiative -- and the award is very nice also. In coming months, the smoke-free apartment initiative will be rolled out in five areas of Michigan -- all of the counties in the Upper Peninsula, and the counties of Genesee, Ingham, Ogemaw, and Washtenaw -- where we will be working closely with the Tobacco Reduction Coalitions and the local health departments and, hopefully, the local apartment associations to significantly increase the number of apartment buildings which have smoke-free policies. You can visit the web site by clicking here. To view Brogan's presentation of the site on their web site -- where you can also hear the radio ads if you have the right software -- click here.
mismokefreeapartment.org Web site & Campaign to Promote Smoke-Free Apartments
TCSG's Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP) has created a major new initiative to promote the adoption of smoke-free policies in apartment buildings. The centerpiece of the smoke-free apartment campaign is the mismokefreeapartment.org web site, which has two major sections -- one targeted to landlords, and one to tenants. In addition to the web site, the smoke-free apartment campaign will utilize two humorous radio ads, billboards, postcard mailings to landlords, and technical assistance from SFELP for both landlords and tenants. The campaign will be conducted this coming year in Michigan. However, the information on the web site is useful for persons throughout the United States. The web site is one of the most comprehensive on this subject on the Internet. The site includes information on: the legal right of landlords to adopt total smoke-free policies in their apartment buildings; legal remedies available to tenants to assert their rights to smoke-free apartment environments; the economic reasons for landlords to adopt smoke-free policies; a PowerPoint presentation to assist landlords in going smoke-free, as well as tips on how to do so; info on the dangers of secondhand smoke; links to HUD and Michigan Attorney General opinions stating that such smoke-free policies are legal; and much more. To access the site, click here. To access a press release describing the campaign, click here.
Brochures online for "Considering Mediation" in Situations in Which Guardianship is Being Considered for Older Persons OR Caregivers for Older Persons are Facing Difficult Decisions
The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) has for over a decade been pioneering the use of mediation in cases in which guardianship is being considered for older persons. In the past few years, TCSG has broadened the use of mediation to include cases in which caregivers for older persons are encountering difficulties in making decisions with and for older persons, particularly when a number of family members are involved. During the past two years, TCSG has worked with colleagues in Michigan, Georgia and Vermont on pilot projects using mediation in caregiver situations, under a grant from the federal Administration on Aging. As a part of the latter project, TCSG has prepared two brochures for use in these projects to assist families and professionals in understanding when and how mediation might be used in these situations. The brochures also provide useful information for persons interested in considering establishing similar programs in other geographic locations. The brochures are titled: Considering Guardianship for Someone You Care About? Consider Mediation and Caring for an Older Person and Facing Difficult Decisions? Consider Mediation. The two brochures are now available for viewing online, each in pdf format, on TCSG's Mediation & Aging site by clicking here
PowerPoint: Smoking Policies in Long-Term Care & Residential Facilities Serving Older Persons
On October 17 & 20, 2003, Jim Bergman, J.D., Co-Director of The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG), gave presentations at the National Aging & Law Conference and at the Annual Conference of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) in Washington, D.C. on Smoking Policies in Long-Term Care & Residential Facilities Serving Older Persons. This 36-slide PowerPoint presentation discussed: how all truth passes through 3 stages, including concerning smoke-free policies; the health dangers of secondhand smoke; sources of research on secondhand smoke; whether smoke-free policies should be different in residential settings than in other workplaces and public places; the fire dangers of smoking in long-term care and elderly housing facilities; what federal and state laws -- including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act -- say about smoking in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and apartments; what JCAHO accreditation standards say about smoking in long-term care facilities; TCSG's model smoking policies in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and elderly housing; online resources for more information on this topic; and the findings of TCSG's national survey of smoking policies in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Click here to directly access the presentation and adapt it for your use. To go to the Smoking Policies in Facilities Serving Older Persons section of TCSG's site where you can access the PowerPoint presentation and also access model smoke-free policies and related materials, click here.
PowerPoint: Tobacco's Impact on Senior Citizens
On August 27, 2003, Cliff Douglas -- President of the Board of The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) and a consulting attorney for TCSG's Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (as well as an internationally-known authority on tobacco and secondhand smoke issues) -- gave a presentation titled Tobacco's Impact on Seniors at a conference sponsored by the Tobacco Reduction Action Coalition in Oakland County, Michigan. The conference was titled "The Costs of Secondhand Smoke to the Individual, Business and the Community." In this 55-slide PowerPoint presentation, Cliff provided an excellent description of the health consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke on older persons. The presentation provides a wide assortment of slides and data, including some classic slides such as the 7 tobacco company executives swearing before Congress that tobacco is not addictive and the classic swimming pool slide demonstrating that secondhand smoke does not stay within boundaries. Click here to directly access the PowerPoint presentation and adapt it for your use. To go to the Smoking Policies in Facilities Serving Older Persons section of TCSG's site where you can access the PowerPoint presentation and also access model smoke-free policies and related materials, click here.
PowerPoint: Selecting a Title IIIB Legal Provider
TCSG is very pleased to announce that we have added a new section to the State Legal Services Development section of our web site. This new section and service provides a PowerPoint presentation which can be downloaded, adapted and used to meet your needs. The first PowerPoint we are making available in this format is titled Selecting a Title IIIB Legal Provider and was prepared by Natalie Thomas, Esq., the Georgia Legal Services Developer, for a speech delivered to Area Agency on Aging directors and staff to assist them in understanding and implementing the requirements of the Older Americans Act regarding the selection of the "best entity" as their Title IIIB legal provider. The 15-slide PowerPoint presentation can be accessed directly by clicking here to go to the State Legal Services Development section of the TCSG site and scrolling down to the section titled PowerPoint Presentation on Selecting a Title IIIB Legal Provider or you can go directly to the PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.
TCSG places "PowerPoint Presentations on Smoke-Free Environments Issues" on web site
The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP) of The Center for Social Gerontology is delighted to announce that our web site has added a new section titled PowerPoint Presentations on Smoke-Free Environments Issues. Increasingly, policymakers and supporters of smoke-free environments are using PowerPoint presentations to assist in discussing various issues related to secondhand smoke and smoke-free environments laws and policies. In this new section of the SFELP web site, we are making PowerPoint presentations on smoke-free environments issues available for viewing and downloading. Our intention is to, over time, compile a large number of such presentations -- each with its own special purposes and information -- so that policymakers and supporters of smoke-free environments can utilize these existing slide presentations as they are or can adapt them to meet the needs of the person downloading them. Hopefully, this collection of PowerPoint presentations will save users the time of having to start from square one in preparing their own PowerPoint presentations. To go to the site, click here.
TCSG Issues Model Smoke-Free Policies for Facilities Serving Older Persons
We at The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) are very pleased to announce that we have completed a major project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focused on examining smoking policies in four types of facilities serving older persons -- Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities. We are now releasing -- online -- a set of model smoke-free policies applicable to each of these four types of facilities. These policies are available by going to the section of our web site titled Smoking Policies in Facilities Serving Older Persons. On the site, you will find a description of the policies and links to each of the model policies, which are in html format so that they can be downloaded and adapted easily. We have also placed on the site the JCAHO standard dealing with smoking in long-term care facilities, since this is a very important document. There are also links to a variety of other materials and sites with information relevant to this topic. These policies were prepared after wide circulation of drafts, and after careful review of research on both the health hazards of secondhand smoke (a Group A carcinogen, i.e., a known cancer-causing agent in humans) and after review of the stringent JCAHO standard. We also carefully analyzed the data on the fire hazards of smoking in residential settings, including in long-term care facilities. We also gave careful attention to the legal rights issues associated with these types of policies -- rights of both nonsmokers and smokers -- and the balancing act which must be dealt with. The results of these analyzes and reviews are reflected in the model policies. To go to the site, click here.
TCSG Publishes Major Report: "Evaluation of Mediation as a Means of Resolving Adult Guardianship Cases"
On November 19, 2001, The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) published a major report which describes the use of mediation in cases in which guardianship over older persons was being pursued. TCSG, in the early 1990s, pioneered the use of mediation as a non-adversarial means of addressing the complex personal, financial and related issues which often precipitate the filing of petitions for guardianship of older persons by family members, friends or private guardianship organizations. The new TCSG study found that mediation appeared to be effective in helping disputing parties reach agreements in three-quarters of the cases in which it was used. Further, older persons, family members, program administrators and mediators were found to believe that mediation in these adult guardianship cases was effective in finding better or more satisfactory resolutions such as fewer guardianships, limited rather than full guardianships, or less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. The approximately 140 page report presents the conclusions reached in a study by TCSG of adult guardianship mediation in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The report, funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI), presents a detailed description of adult guardianship mediation programs in these four states, followed by a summary of the results of a participant survey performed at two of the sites, and ends with a discussion of the conclusions and recommendations reached as a result of the study. Printed copies of the full study are available for a fee by contacting TCSG at 734 665-1126 or at email@example.com. A copy of the press release describing the study can be downloaded by clicking here. A copy of the full report, in pdf format, may be downloaded by clicking here.
Smoking Cessation & the Elderly Best Practice Publications & Programs
The Center for Social Gerontology has compiled a list of publications and/or program descriptions which are particularly germane for smoking cessation and the elderly. When possible, we have included a link to the full publication or the abstract, click here.
Smoking Cessation Links
TCSG has compiled two lists of links. The first list is geared towards smokers who would like to become nicotine-free. The second list is geared towards health care providers and policymakers who are interested in smoking cessation. Both lists of links can be accessed by clicking here.
Smoking Cessation & Older Persons Brochure
TCSG has designed a smoking cessation brochure which targets older adults. Organizations which would find this brochure useful, are welcome to download it, print it out, and distribute it. To view the Smoking Cessation & Older Persons Brochure, click here.
Bibliography of Smoking Cessation Articles Concerning Older Adults
This bibliography, prepared by The Center for Social Gerontology in July, 2001, presents a comprehensive, albeit not all-encompassing, list of recent articles on smoking cessation and nicotine reduction concerning older adults, including minority older adults. Most of the articles in this listing were published after 1996 because TCSG's Bibliography of Tobacco and the Elderly Articles which can be accessed here, incldues a section on "Smoking Cessation," which lists articles on this topic largely published between the late 1980s and 1996. TCSG has produced this bibliography in the hope that it will assist others in conducting further research on smoking cessation and nicotine reduction targeted to older adults, and that it will encourage others to establish smoking cessation and nicotine reduction programs which focus on older adults. To view the entire bibliography of smoking cessation articles concerning older adults click here.
Nationwide and Statewide Smoking Cessation Hotlines
A list of national hotlines as well as statewide cessation helplines has been compiled. Many of the statewide hotlines are available only to residents of that state, and for most of them, access to the number is available only when calling from a phone number in that state. To view the Smoking Cessation Hotlines, click here.
TCSG's Unofficial Compilation of the OAA as amended in 2000
The Older Americans Act was amended during the fall of 2000 by the enactment of HR 782. As of March 2001, an official compilation of the Act as amended had still not been printed. To assist a variety of organizations who would find it useful to have a complete version of the OAA which includes the amendments adopted by Congress in 2000, The Center for Social Gerontology put together an unofficial compilation of the changes to the Older Americans Act. For convenience in downloading the documents, we put each Title of the OAA in a separate pdf file. To view the OAA Unofficial Compilation, click here.
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Web Site
TCSG has created a web site on the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) which provides, in one place, comprehensive information on and access to materials concerning the OAA, the reauthorization of the OAA during the 106th Congress (1999-2000), and information particularly related to legal assistance to vulnerable older Americans, elder rights advocacy, and the role of Legal Services Developers under the OAA. This site is divided into the following main sections: Updates on OAA Reauthorization Developments; TCSG and Related Statements on OAA Reauthorization; Administration on Aging site on OAA Reauthorization; Link to HR 782 - the OAA Reauthorization Legislation; the OAA - Current Law & History of Key Changes Related to Elder Rights and Legal Assistance to Older Americans; and, Links to related sites and information. Click here.
Smoke-Free Environments Law Project & Web Site
The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project of The Center for Social Gerontology announces a new, comprehensive web site which provides current information about environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and the legal and liability issues related to ETS in the workplace, in public places, and in certain residential settings. Among the information on the site are concise analyses of key laws related to smoke-free environments, including: Americans with Disabilities Act; Michigan's Clean Indoor Air Act; Worker's Compensation laws; and laws concerning ETS in apartments and condominiums. Click here.
March, 2000 Best Practice Notes Online
The latest issue of TCSG's Best Practice Notes on the Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Persons is now online. This issue features a comprehensive article on "Outcome Measures for Title IIIB Legal Assistance Programs" and discusses how outcome measures or performance outcomes can complement traditional reporting. Outcome measures have great potential for providing very useful information on the impact of legal assistance on the most needy older persons. Click here to read the issue.
December 1999 Best Practice NotesOnline
This issue of TCSG's Best Practice Notes on the Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Persons is now online. This issue focuses entirely on Legal Services Developers and their crucial role in the Aging Network, and includes and in-depth look at the position as well as the results of a survey of Ombudsmen and Developers conducted by Natalie Thomas, the Georgia LSD. Click here to read the issue.
Tobacco and Aging List-Serve
TCSG has created an international, interactive list-serve on tobacco and older persons. Issues covered include: secondhand smoke, smoking cessation, tobacco settlement funds, health effects, legal and public policy matters, and others. To sign up, contact TCSG / SFELP by clicking here.
Tobacco and Minorities
The information provided on this site pertains to tobacco use by and its effects on old and young adults from communities of color in the United States. Because people in communities of color have been specially targeted by the tobacco industry, with the resultant suffering and death from tobacco-related diseases, we have included information on legal remedies now being pursued to redress these wrongful acts by the tobacco industry -- specifically lawsuits and legislative action related to the recent state tobacco settlements. Information on the page will be updated regularly.
Tobacco Settlement Funds: State Updates
The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) provides regularly updated information on what is happening in states regarding the almost $250 billion the tobacco industry must pay to the states over the next 25 years as a result of the settlements they have signed to resolve Medicaid lawsuits filed by the states. The information, largely from news reports, mainly focuses on how the tobacco settlement funds are being directed toward aging programs and tobacco control programs. To view, click here.
TCSG Releases New Guardianship Mediation Video
TCSG has released Adult Guardianship Mediation: An Introduction. This new 30-minute video presents a demonstration of a guardianship mediation, using actors to portray family members. Narrated by Academy of Family Mediators Past President Zena Zumeta, the video introduces viewers to mediation and its application in guardianship disputes.
TCSG's National Center for Tobacco-Free Older Person's Website
We've posted a wealth of information on tobacco and the elderly on this site. Go to our Tobacco and the Elderly page to learn more
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