Charmaine Spencer focuses on a range of "risk" and older adult abuse issues. Ms. Spencer has been a member of the Gerontology Research Centre's staff since 1991. A member of the Law Society of British Columbia, her legal interests have focussed on disability law, human rights protection, guardianship and labour law issues. She has written on a number of the legal aspects of family relationships with older adults, most recently in light of cases such as Newson vs. Newson. She is past-President of the Advocates for Care Reform, a non-profit society concerned with improving the quality of life for people who live in institutional settings, as well as for those who work there. For two years, she was an active volunteer on a community effort to reform B.C.'s adult guardianship laws.

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