Wrapup: Bills for Elderly Had Mixed Success

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Advocates for elderly Nevadans had some
successes with proposals considered by the 2009 Legislature, but
saw others shelved by lawmakers or vetoed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Among those that did make it into law was SB314, which erases
limited power-of-attorney laws and replaces them with a much
broader act aimed at protecting Nevada seniors from abuses by
caregivers and, in some cases, their own children.

Lora Myles of the RSVP CARE Law Program, which assists seniors,
calls the passage and approval of the measure "a major
accomplishment."

Another approved bill revises Nevada's laws on guardianships, in
line with suggestions from the uniform law commission, the National
Guardianship Association and Nevada Guardianship Association.

But Ernie Nielsen of the Washoe County Senior Law Project says
Gibbons' veto of two bills that affect seniors interferes with the
ability to protect their financial resources.

Measures regarding seniors that failed to pass muster with
lawmakers include a plan to let families install surveillance
devices in their relatives' rooms at patient care facilities; and a
proposed 'silver alert' system to help locate missing seniors.


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