Saturday, December 4, 2010

Latin American countries support a regional convention on the rights of older persons

As reported by HelpAge International: Thirteen Latin American countries have openly and directly supported a motion to work towards a regional convention on the rights of older people.
See the following link:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rights of Older Persons World Wide

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published a draft of an important report: CURRENT STATUS OF THE SOCIAL SITUATION, WELLBEING, PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPMENT AND RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS WORLDWIDE.
This report includes a section that summarizes exiting legal rights of older persons on the international level.
Here is the link:

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Alzheimer Report

ADI publishs an annual global report on Alzheimer's Disease.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of 73 Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. Each member is the national Alzheimer association in their country who support people with dementia and their families. ADI's vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world.
The World Alzheimer Report 2010 provides the clearest, most comprehensive global picture yet of the economic impact of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

The report includes an estimate of the worldwide cost of dementia, including direct medical costs, direct non-medical costs and costs of informal (family) care. The estimates are broken down by world region and include analysis of the differences between low and high income countries. The report also contains important policy recommendations and makes clear to key decision-makers that doing nothing is not an option.
To view the report:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The debate around mandatory retirement

Outside the US, and few provinces in Canada, in most of world, mandatory retirement is still legal, in force, and widely accepted.
However, in similar lines to the debates held in North America three decades ago, there is growing tension and call to abolish mandatory retirement all together or the replace it with more flexible retirement policies.
One interesting reports in this field has been produced in the UK, called: "Review of the Default Retirement Age: Summary of the stakeholder evidence". The report provide a broad perspective on the different point of views in this field and the political argument for and against changing the existing legal regime.
The full report can be viewed in the following link:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ABA Commission on Law and Aging and International Elder Law

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a leader in developing the field of elder law. However, it is an American professional organization. Nevertheless, in recent years, the commission has adopted a vision regarding the importance of international elder law as part of its agenda to promote rights, status and legal power of older persons. In recent years, the commission added an 'international" representative to its board, and has been involved in bringing the American perspective to international initiatives. Finally, it has recently added to its web-site a page regarding resources in international elder law. For more details see below:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

UN Expert Group Recommendations on International Convention

One of the most important interntional legal issues today is the question about the need for international convention for the rights of older persons.
During 5-7 May last year (2009) an international group of legal expert held  a meeting in Bonn, under the hospice of the UN.
This group published an important report, which recommends to move forward with advancing this international convention.
The full report can be viewed here:

Friday, July 2, 2010


Welcome to the Global Elder Law blog. I hope to use this blog in order to promote the rights of older persons around the world.
Comments, thoughts and feedbacks will always be welcomed.