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Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino Announces Senior Law Day Set For October 20, 2015

Ned McCormack, Communications Director (914) 995-2932
Contact: Diana Costello (914) 995-2950

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2015


County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that the 16th annual Senior Law Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, at the County Center in White Plains. The free event will feature 18 workshops on elder law topics, plus free 15-minute, one-on-one consultations with some of the county’s leading legal, financial and geriatric care experts. Parking is also free.

An estimated 6,000 seniors, family members and caregivers have benefited from Senior Law Day since it began in 1999. The program is expected to attract more people than ever this year thanks to an advertising campaign across the Metro-North Railroad that will be supported entirely by private sector funds.

Senior Law Day will provide a wealth of useful information and resources, including:

  • Workshops covering everything from estate and financial planning to health care and affordable housing, taxes, wills, trusts, and much more, including two workshops in Spanish.
  • A free copy of “MAP: My Aging Plan,” a booklet that details what individuals and families can do from their 20’s through their 80’s and beyond to age successfully.
  • Review of long-term care policies (participants should bring a copy of their policy to the event).
  • Copies (upon request) of the 16th edition of “Elder Law Q&A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future,” in both English and Spanish.

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit or call (914) 813-6300 to sign up. Seniors can register for the one-on-one consultations on the day of the event.

Questions can be emailed anytime to or tweeted to @seniorlawday.

[Senior Law Day Set for Oct. 20]

NYS Amends Law Related to Surrogate Decision-Making for Hospice Care

On August 13, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a GNYHA-supported amendment to the Public Health Law authorizing an attending physician to make decisions about hospice care for an adult without a surrogate who is deemed incapacitated and eligible for hospice care. Effective immediately, the hospice amendment addresses a gap in the Family Health Care Decisions Act for incapacitated patients and residents of residential facilities.

The law authorizes an attending physician to make decisions about hospice care and execute appropriate documents for such decisions, including a hospice election form, for an adult without a surrogate who is deemed incapacitated and eligible for hospice care. The amendment includes safeguards to protect the wishes and best interests of patients who may benefit from hospice care, including the requirements for the attending physician to consult with the staff directly responsible for the patient’s care and for a second physician to provide a concurring opinion on the appropriateness of hospice.

In a residential health care facility, the medical director or his/her designee must independently determine that he/she concurs with the attending physician’s recommendation, unless the facility’s medical director is the patient’s attending physician. In that case, a different physician designated by the residential health care facility must make this independent determination. Additionally, in a general hospital, residential health facility, or hospice, an ethics committee or judicial review of all decisions to elect hospice care is required.