APS TARC Webinar: Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults

Event Start Date: February 25, 2021 - 8:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: February 25, 2021 - 9:30 PM EDT

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Capacity assessments of older adults is steeped in the fundamental tensions between two core ethical principles: autonomy (self-determination) and protection (beneficence). Adult Protective Services caseworkers must often consider the impact of cognitive functioning on a person’s risk for elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

In this webinar hosted by ACL’s Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center, Dr. Sheri Gibson of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will address the very complex topic of decisional capacities in older adults, which involves knowledge of medical and psychological syndromes, clinical assessment, ethics, and the law. Attendees will learn a conceptual framework used by psychologists to assess a person’s ability to make decisions or perform tasks as they pertain to legal standards, and methods to enhance the referral process for a formal capacity evaluation.