Planning for Life

Autonomy vs. Protection for Older Women

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 23, 2020

By Harry S. Margolis


In an article in the ACTEC Law Journal titled "What If Granny Wants to Gamble? Balancing Autonomy and Vulnerability in the Golden Years,"  Professor Mary F. Radford of the Georgia State University School of Law discusses the tension between seeking protection of seniors from abuse and neglect while also preserving their autonomy.

Why Older Women?

She focuses on older women for two reasons: There are many more of them, because they live longer than men on average; and they're more likely to be isolated, making them more vulnerable to scams and abuse. The latter factor, of course, is related to the first, since those older women who were married to men are likely to survive them and end up living on their own.

Here are some interesting statistics Prof. Radford cites:

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Topics: revocable trust, scams, autonomy

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