This edition of Law in Context comprises six articles addressing some pressing issues of law and policy that arise from Australia's ageing population. One article examines the legality of restraint of persons with dementia in Western Australia against the backdrop of international human rights. Two of the articles reveal the risks to which older persons are exposed in their housing arrangements, specifically where a parent enters into arrangements with adult children, and the national shame that is the homelessness rate of elderly women. Complex family law property issues which can arise when a person, as a result of age-related disability, is involuntarily separated from their partner are tackled in one article while ather provides a comparative analysis on the role of the state in facilitating housing equity release schemes which have the potential to improve the financial situation of older persons. A further article looks at how legal issues associated with growing older are indicative of the need for increased access to legal services and the evidence that these needs are t being met. Ageing and the Law is a special issue (Volume 33 No 2) of the journal Law in Context. You can purchase a single copy of this issue through this page, or subscribe to the journal from the journal page.
Dr Eileen Webb is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia and co-director of the Faculty of Law's Consumer Research Unit. She is a member of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing (ARNLA). Eileen still hopes the law can help to make the world a better place but would encourage karma to be a little more proactive. Meredith Blake is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Western Australia (UWA), and was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) from 2012-2014. Robyn Carroll is a Professor at the Law School at the University of Western Australia. Her teaching and research interests include Family Law, Seniors Law and Policy, Contract Law, Civil Remedies and Mediation.