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Substitute decision making and older people

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The potential for financial abuse of older people by those holding an Enduring Power of Attorney is examined. The paper is based on a study of older people's knowledge of the substitute decision making process and experiences of abuse. While most respondents report that the processes involving Enduring Power of Attorneys are satisfactory, they express concern about trust, accountability, and amount of control. The authors identify current issues and lay out an agenda for further work to help shape policies that will protect older citizens.

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Setterlund D, Tilse C & Wilson J 1999. Substitute decision making and older people. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 139. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi139