The NYT New Old Age Blog: “The Doctor’s New Prescription — A Lawyer”

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Consider the geriatricians working at the Lakeside Senior Medical Center, an outpatient clinic at the University of California, San Francisco. Many of their patients, despite multiple chronic diseases and advanced age, have never filled out power-of-attorney documents or appointed someone to make health care decisions if they are unable to. Sometimes, the doctors suspect their patients might qualify for public benefits they are not getting, like food stamps or MediCal, the state’s version of Medicaid. Perhaps they face problems with landlords or appear to be victims of financial abuse, or they ought to have a simple will. In other words, they need lawyers.

Read the full story on The New York Times’ New Old Age Blog, with reporting by Paula Span.