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Substitute decision making and older people

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 139

Deborah Setterlund, Cheryl Tilse and Jill Wilson
ISBN 0 642 24142 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 1999


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.