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Law and Ethics of Aging

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the legal and ethical challenges that our aging society and their caregivers (whether family members, health care providers, or others) face as well as a framework for analyzing these challenges.


Students must be registered students in good standing at the University of Florida. The course is open to individuals from all disciplines.

Course Topics

Module Topic
Module 1 Introduction: Legal and Ethical Issues in Aging
Module 2 Ethnic & Cultural Considerations
Module 3 Ageism & Age Discrimination
Module 4 Elder Abuse & Neglect
Module 5 Aging & Family Dynamics
Module 6 Life Changes and Older Adults
Module 7 Conducting Research with Aging Populations
Module 8 Health Care Decision-making
Module 9 Death & Dying
Module 10 Estate Planning
Module 11 Medicare/Medicaid
Module 12 Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
Module 13 Aging in the Criminal Justice System

Recommended Reading

  • A Short & Happy Guide to Elder Law, Kenny F. Hegland & Robert B. Fleming (West Publishing, 2013) (available for purchase via and other booksellers)
  • Elder Law: Cases & Materials, Lawrence A. Frolik & Alison McChrystal Barnes (LexisNexis, 5th ed., 2011) (available for purchase via,, and other booksellers)

Library Access

Distance Education and UF Online Students enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students.
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