Ethics, law, and aging review

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Springer Pub. Co., Dec 6, 2004 - Law - 138 pages
Although the topic of decision making capacity and older persons has been discussed in the literature, there still is much to be learned about it theoretically and practically. Experts continue to disagree about which standards are important for assessing decision making capacity. Questions such as: ?When should a capacity assessment be done on an older person and by whom?? are covered by the editors. Topics included in this volume are the application of an original framework for ethical decision making in long term care; an elder's capacity to decide to remain living alone in the community; the quest for helpful standardized instruments for evaluating decision making capacity; and end-of-life liability issues.

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Contents

Cornerstones for an Ethics
3
The Capacity to Decide to Remain Living in the Community
25
Hopes and Cautions for InstrumentBased Evaluation
39
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Marshall B. Kapp, JD MPH, was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with Honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.). He is the Garwin Distinguished Professor of Law and Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Medical Humanities in the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

From 1980 through 2003, he was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was professor in the departments of Community Health and Psychiatry and taught courses on the legal and ethical aspects of health care. He also was director of WSU's Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and held an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Dayton School of Law. From 1998-2001, he was designated Wright State University's Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Service. In 2004, he was granted Professor Emeritus status from Wright State.

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