The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social Workers and Lawyers’ Perceptions and Experiences

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Abstract

The expected increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will be accompanied by an increase in the number of cases involving persons with AD brought up to the courts. This study examined the perceptions and experiences of social workers and lawyers regarding these cases. Three focus groups including social workers and lawyers (n = 26) were conducted. Two main themes were raised by the participants: (a) the role of social workers and lawyers in court cases regarding AD, and (b) the need for improving legal encounters involving persons with AD. Similarities and differences were found in both professionals’ interpretations of these shared themes. Results of this study emphasize the need for increasing the knowledge and interprofessional training provided to social workers and lawyers involved in legal cases dealing with issues involving persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-491
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Aug 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • lawyers
  • legal system
  • social workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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