Volume 5, Issue 1

Suzanne J. Levitt and Rebecca J. O’Neill

In their essay Ms. Levitt and Ms. O’Neill describe the frustrating work of advocating for elderly clients in a legal clinic setting. They highlight three main hurdles to effective intervention on behalf of the elderly: access to essential services, inadequate legal remedies, and procedural barriers. They argue that only a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach, involving all persons and organizations which have contact or provide services to the elderly, can guarantee that the interests and welfare of the elderly are adequately protected and provided.