Over the past 40 years, the assessment and scientific study of capacity in older adults has emerged as a distinct field of clinical and research activity for psychologists. This new field reflects the convergence of several trends: the aging of American society, the growing incidence and prevalence of dementia, and the patient rights, deinstitutionalization, and disability rights movements. Because of these forces, capacity issues now permeate the fabric of everyday life, whether in the form of guardianship petitions, questions of capacity to consent to treatment, the ability to make a new will, or participation in human research. In seeking to resolve these issues, families, clinicians, and legal professionals increasingly turn to psychologists to assess a capacity and to provide empirically supported judgments that properly balance autonomy and protection for the individual. Psychologists have taken a leading role in the development of functional assessment instruments that measure important aspects of the capacity construct. In addition, psychology has been a major contributor to the scientific study of capacity.
Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for - كتب Google
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Assessment of Capacity in an Aging Society
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Skip to content. Law and Aging. This resource guide aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship. Bassinger, Journal of Mental Health and Aging , pp. This book contains practical tools to equip a wide audience of judges to conduct any form of guardianship proceeding more effectively.