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October 27, 2005 08:59 ET

Canadian Lawyer Appointed to ABA Law and Aging Commission

LexisNexis(R) Butterworths Editor and Author Assembles Comprehensive, Critical Examination of Elder Law in Canada Attention: Books Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - Canadian lawyer Ann Soden has been appointed to the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging. Soden is the first international commissioner since the Commission's creation in 1978. The Commission exercises leadership in national public research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training of lawyers, judges, and other professionals. Soden is general editor of the LexisNexis(R) Butterworths title Advising the Older Client, recently published by LexisNexis Canada Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive and authoritative legal, news, and business information and tailored applications to legal and corporate researchers.

A Montreal lawyer pioneering the growing field of elder law in Canada, Soden is the Founding Chair of the National Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA); chair of the Quebec Elder Law Section of the CBA; a founding director of the Canadian and Quebec Networks for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; a founding member of the International Association of Law and Aging, St. Petersburg, Florida; and the Canadian representative to the Law and Aging Practice Group of the World Jurist Association, Washington, D.C.

A frequent speaker on issues affecting older persons, Soden taught the first national elder law course at McGill University's Faculty of Law in the winter of 2005 and has recently developed the first course on elder law for judges in Canada with the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa. She is also one of the principals of The Life Matters Group, a multidisciplinary alliance of professionals providing later life planning and elder care solutions, and is Executive Director of the recently established National Institute of Law, Policy, and Aging, a Canadian reference centre for excellence in research, education, and advocacy on issues of law, policy, and aging.

"Older Canadians constitute the fastest-growing population group in Canada," said Soden. According to Statistics Canada figures, the proportion of Canadians aged 65 and over has gone from one in twenty in 1921 to one in eight in 2001 and is expected to reach nearly one in four Canadians in 2041. In fact, the growth of the senior population will account for close to half of the growth of the overall Canadian population in the next four decades. "This dramatic increase means we now have a host of new legal issues related to aging," Soden said. "Equally important are the interconnected social, economic, and health needs of older persons and their families."

The Butterworths title Advising the Older Client is a comprehensive, critical examination of elder law in Canada. The book's contributors come from across Canada and have backgrounds ranging from law, health care, and social work to academia, government, and private practice. The book explores emerging elder law issues and discusses the ethics and dilemmas surrounding an elder law practice; the importance of later life planning and planning for the potential of incapacity; the role of guardianship of the person and the estate and enduring powers of attorney and health care directives; promotion of capacity, consent, and health care decision-making; and policies and approaches to abuse and neglect of older Canadians, discrimination, undue influence, assisted living, and family law issues.

Advising the Older Client is available in the Butterworths online bookstore at http://www.lexisnexis.ca/bookstore/bookinfo.php?pid=1189.

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