Friday, 22 August 2003: 09:00-10:30
Erie Room (Sheraton Hotel and Towers)

S098 How Do We Decide About Competency: Ethical Views From Clinical, Legal, Psychological and Philosophical Fields.

This symposium will consider the issue of competency. We shall be raising the ethical issues that surround judgements concerning the competency (or capacity) of people with dementia from various perspectives: the clinical, legal and psychological perspectives. We shall benefit from discussion of legal frameworks in both the USA and Scotland (where an Incapacity Act was passed in 2000). The symposium will also raise some of the underlying philosophical issues. We hope that the symposium will inspire people towards a broader view of competency, one which reflects ethical and philosophical perspectives in various legal frameworks. And one which recognizes the dignity of people with dementia.
Chair:Julian C. Hughes
 S098-001 Capacity: What is it and So What?
Julian C. Hughes
 S098-002 A Scottish Perspective on Incapacity
David Findlay
 S098-003 Incapacity and United States Law
Sally Balch Hurme
 S098-004 Competency as Experienced by the Semiotic AD Subject
Steven R. Sabat

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