Elderly people and the law is a comprehensive work providing detailed and practical guidance suitable for lawyers and other professional advisers foreword there used to be three ages of man and womankind childhood adulthood and old age but now there are four. Like all people the elderly have certain rights and privileges that are outlined by united states legislation for example elderly rights prohibit an individual from subjecting an elder to hundreds of thousands of elders are subjected to elderly abuse every year. Elderly people and the law written by two leading lawyers who have championed the rights of elderly people throughout their careers provide expert guidance on the whole range of legal issues relating to older people including mental capacity legal rights and duties family and carers housing residential care community care health care . Although the number of elderly people in britain is increasing steadily the law in relation to their particular needs is a relatively neglected field the law and elderly people was the first text to provide easily accessible information for those involved in advice giving and service provision in this rapidly developing field this second . The book covers most if not all the areas of law that impact on the elderly after introducing the general legal background it examines such matters as mental capacity and the court of protection as well as the exercise of rights and the performance of duties by older people
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