webinars: Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults and Exploring Male Caregiving for People Living with Dementia


Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults

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.

This webinar will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.


Exploring Male Caregiving for People Living with Dementia

Effective Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregiving requires skills and understanding that are not entirely intuitive. For many men, these challenges are heightened because they are not socialized to be caregivers. This does not mean that males aren’t eager to be caregivers. However, because of the ever-changing nature of dementia disease, caregiving cannot be approached as a problem to be solved. This webinar will discuss burdens specific to male caregivers, including skill-building, asking for and receiving help, and self-care. A male caregiver will join the presenter to provide a first-person perspective.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.


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