Although all adults are presumed to be mentally capable, older adults may be more likely than other adults to have their mental capability to make their own decisions questioned. Many types of physical and mental health conditions can diminish the mental capability of some older adults.
But whose mental capability changes? And how do we tell? What are rights of older adults whose mental capability is being called into question? What happens afterwards?
The laws in Canada vary from province to province.
Consent and Capacity/Substitute Decision-Making - The Basics J. Wahl, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. 2003. Produced by ACE. Six pages.
Who Assesses Capacity Under What Circumstances . Wahl, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. 2003. Produced by ACE. 3 pages.
Hazelton, L.D. Sterns, G.L. & Chisholm, T. (2003) Decision-making capacity
and alcohol abuse: clinical and ethical considerations in personal care choices.
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