By Alan M. Dershowitz
The well known lawyer and bestselling writer finds how extraordinary trials all through our historical past have helped to form our country. supplying insights into the human situation, those trials function a historic record, chronicling the struggles and passions in their time.
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Other civil rights issues experienced by older adults are triggered by age-related phenomena, although not directly by chronological age. Older adults can experience significant civil rights problems as a result of being or becoming disabled, or as a result of being perceived as disabled. They may be denied the right to live in certain housing arrangements because of actual or perceived disabilities. Frail older adults may find their basic needs neglected by caregivers both in institutional care settings and in community-based settings.
Sect. 90(4) (West Supp. 2010). 56 See id. 57 Interview with Jane Raymond, Advocacy & Protection Systems Developer, Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services (Aug. 11, 2008); Interview with Betsy Abramson, Wisconsin attorney involved in drafting the 2006 reforms (Aug. 13, 2008). A. 59 Looking at elder mistreatment policy through a rights lens—as Wisconsin did—makes the heavily paternalistic approaches developed to address abuse of children seem inappropriate when applied to address elder abuse.
It also facilitates legal reform by paving the way for new court-based legal challenges, by diminishing the perceived desirability of policy choices that undermine rights, and by harnessing the power of rights rhetoric to change political behavior. Thus, by contributing a civil rights perspective to gerontological imagination, the legal field could make a significant contribution to the study and design of aging-related policies. References Abramson B (2006) Wisconsin’s elder abuse & adult at risk reporting law.
America on Trial: Inside the Legal Battles That Transformed Our Nation by Alan M. Dershowitz