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Building a Late-Life, Decision-Making Infrastructure for People Aging Alone

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: April 24, 2018
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  • Solos: Working Definition?
  • Generational Distinctions
  • Health Decision Making
  • Basic Pathways to Healthcare Supports/Surrogates
  • Constructed Relationships
  • Professional Relationships
  • Common Needs for Solos
  • Solutions
  • Minnesota's Initiative
  • Task Force Activities
  • Aging Solo
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: April 24, 2018


Talking about life's closing chapters isn’t easy for anyone, but it is especially difficult for solos—older adults who lack the support traditionally provided by family members.

Solos 'with capacity' are a largely invisible but growing group. When crafting wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Care Directives, members of this group struggle with whom to designate as a surrogate. This program will capture the key content of the workshop by the same title offered at the October 2017 Law and Aging Conference. Faculty will discuss the needs of solos and generate ideas about how to create the infrastructure to address such needs going forward.

This program was recorded on April 24th, 2018.

Provided By

American Bar Association
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Marit Peterson

Program Director
Minnesota Elder Justice Center

Marit is the Program Director for the Minnesota Elder Justice Center. Prior to joining MEJC, Marit practiced estate planning and elder law with a metro-area firm. Marit serves on the governing council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Elder Law section. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College in the Philosophy Department, where she teaches ethics in the adult undergraduate program. She serves on the Olmstead Specialty Committee for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, and on the steering committee for Minnesota’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders.

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Linda J. Camp

Independent Consultant
Turning Point Consulting

Linda is an Independent Consultant with Turning Point Consulting.

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