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This LibGuide was authored by Christine Morton, JD, MLS, in 2011, when she was a Reference Librarian at the Gould Law Library.


Elder law has become one of the fastest growing specialty fields amongst lawyers. This is certainly due to the aging of the Baby Boomer generation (persons born between 1946 and the early 1960’s) and to the unique needs of this population of persons. This generation is living longer than prior generations and as a result of such are increasingly facing housing, employment and financial issues not experienced by prior generations. In addition, the Baby Boom generation is keenly interested in maintaining their own autonomy and controlling their own financial and medical affairs. As a result of these aforementioned issues, the field of elder law has grown exponentially and will likely continue to grow for the foreseeable future as people are continuing to lead longer and healthier lives. 


This guide is intended to assist researchers interested in the topic of elder law locate relevant print and online resources pertinent to elder law within the Gould Law Library. This guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of elder law materials.

The guide is broadly organized into the headings of federal law; state law; treatises, textbooks and handbooks; looseleafs; journals; Internet sources; databases; and West Key Number System. Topics to be addressed within such broad outline include: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, age discrimination, employee retirement plans, guardianship, advanced directives, power of attorney, and health care proxy.

In addition to consulting this guide and the sources contained within, a researcher just commencing a research project on a particular elder law topic may want to look at secondary sources not listed within this guide such as legal encyclopedias, American Law Reports (ALR), prior to conducting primary source research.