Identifying Connections Between Elder Law and Gerontology: Implications for Teaching, Research, and Practice

Nina Kohn, Maria Teresa Brown, Israel Doron

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Abstract

Scholars have long called for elder law to become part of the larger study of gerontology. The authors conducted a qualitative, empirical study to determine the extent of connections between the fields of gerontology and elder law and to identify strategies for bridging gaps between the fields. As reported in this Article, we found that although both elder law academics and gerontologists indicate that both fields would benefit from research collaboration and cross-disciplinary teaching, the fields remain distinct with limited interaction. Based on these findings, we identify five key strategies for fostering meaningful connections between the fields. Finally, drawing on the expertise of the elder law academics and leading gerontologists interviewed as part of this study, we discuss how fostering such connections could work to the mutual benefit of the two fields and, potentially, improved policy-making in the area of aging.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-100
JournalThe Elder Law Journal
Volume25
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 22 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Education

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