The Aging Population, Alzheimer's and Other Dementias:Law and Public Policy

Course # 91:622
Prof. Josephine Gittler & Dr. Kathleen Buckwalter
University of Iowa College of Law

The US population is aging rapidly. Aging is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias leading to memory loss and decline in other cognitive functions. As a result the number of older individuals with some form of dementia is rising dramatically. At some point these individuals lose their capacity to make decisions about their living situation, financial matters and health care; they are vulnerable to financial exploitation, abuse and neglect because of their cognitive impairment; and they generally require long term and costly care over a period of years.

The Colloquium will first address the legal and other needs of the aging population and the basics of AD and other dementias. It will then address selected public policy and legal issues related to the aging population and the increase in AD and other dementias.


The Colloquium met on Thursdays, from 2:00-4:15 p.m. from January 12th to April 26th, 2012. 
To view the class schedule, with topics and readings used, click here.


The Colloquium is being coordinated by Josephine Gittler, JD, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law and Director of the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, and by Kathleen C. Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita of Gerontological Nursing, and Co-Director of the NHLP Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. The Colloquium will feature a number of nationally recognized public policy and legal experts from around the country. It will also feature nationally recognized experts on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and geriatric care.


The Colloquium is sponsored by the NHLP Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. It is also sponsored in part by generous support from The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation & Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers PLC.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

Arrangements have been made to request Iowa CLE credit for attorneys who attend a class session or watch a class session live. Request for approval of CLE credit will be made after each session is concluded. Class sessions approved for credit, the number of credits approved, and the CLE Activity numbers will be posted here.