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Statewide Legal Capacity Assessment Underway in the Center for the Study of Aging

An interprofessional team of researchers and students from the Center for the Study of Aging are in the process of completing a needs and capacity assessment of legal services available to older adults in Idaho.

This work is conducted as part of a grant received by the Idaho Commission on Aging from the Administration of Aging, a division of the US Administration for Community Living. The results will be used to develop recommendations to address systemic weaknesses in the legal services in Idaho.

Key personnel on this project include Sarah Toevs and Andy Hyer from the Department of Community and Environmental Health, Jeremey Ball from the Department of Criminal Justice, and Boise State University graduates Olivia Polyakov and Alex Ham. Polyakov is a second-year student at the Concordia University Law School and Ham will begin her studies in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University this fall.

The mission of the Center for the Study of Aging is to serve as a catalyst for change with the goal of ensuring that communities in Idaho are equipped to help people lead fulfilling lives. This project demonstrates the center’s commitment to collaboration, research, and the dissemination of knowledge about how to enhance the quality of life for older adults.