Abstracts from the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine
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“MY CLIENTS FALL THROUGH EVERY CRACK IN THE SYSTEM”: ASSESSING THE NEED FOR GERIATRICS HEALTH TRAINING AMONG LEGAL PROFESSIONALS Tacara N. Soones1; Cyrus Ahalt2; Sarah Garrigues2; David Faigman3; Brie Williams2. 1University of California- San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; 2University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; 3UCSF/UC Hasting Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, San Francisco, CA. (Tracking ID #1607152)
BACKGROUND:Older adults (age 55+) represent the fastest growing age group in jail. While attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals are not generally considered healthcare team members, they provide front-line identification and response to age-related health conditions affecting legal outcomes. For example, cognitive impairment can affect the ability to access adequate legal representation, participate in one’s defense, or follow court orders; and physical impairment can jeopardize safety in jail....