Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists

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This book is the result of a collaborative effort of members of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the American Psychological Association.

The specific goal of this handbook is to review psychological assessment of six civil capacities of particular importance to older adults, namely, medical consent capacity, sexual consent capacity, financial capacity, testamentary capacity, capacity to drive and capacity to live independently. The handbook also addresses the important topic of undue influence and introduces emerging areas of interest, such as the capacity to mediate, the capacity to participate in research and the capacity to vote.

Download the full handbook (PDF, 1.4MB)

Learning Objectives
  1. Differentiate the legal standards of diminished capacity from psychological standards of capacity.
  2. Comprehend unique aspects of capacity assessments with older adults.
  3. Describe nine conceptual elements of capacity assessments.
  4. Identify the clinician’s obligations and special considerations when accepting and performing   capacity assessments of older adults.
  5. Explain three ways in which psychologists can work effectively with lawyers or the legal system.
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