Diminished Decision-Making Capacity in Older Persons: A Global Perspective

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the MindAlert Series, sponsored by MetLife Foundation

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

For many individuals, the aging process may be accompanied by a gradual or sudden diminishing of the cognitive and emotional capacity to make autonomous decisions about healthcare, social services, living arrangements, finances, and other important aspects of life. Diminished decision-making capacity raises a variety of complex legal, ethical and social issues. This webinar explore societal attitudes about, and approaches to, the challenges of diminished decision-making capacity in older adults. Particular attention will be paid to comparing attitudes and approaches among different countries and asking what American policymakers and practitioners in the field of aging can learn from others’ experiences.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical underpinnings of the concept of decision-making capacity in older persons;
  • List the factors to be considered in evaluating the decision-making capacity of an older person;
  • Understand the legal options available when an older person has diminished decision-making capacity; and,
  • Compare attitudes and approaches among different countries regarding the challenge of diminished decision-making capacity.


Marshall Kapp is a professor at Florida State University, where he directs the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, and is affiliated with the Pepper Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on the legal and ethical aspects of aging.