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Consent and Capacity Issues & Older Adults: Who decides? What do the laws say?
This webinar is for healthcare professionals.

In this practical learning session for healthcare providers, Jane Meadus and Dr. Carole Cohen discuss consent and capacity issues and share practical strategies for complex clinical scenarios.

Learning Objectives:
1. Refresh consent and capacity principles. What IS capacity and what it is NOT, and who determines a person’s capacity in which situations.
2. Describe the key Ontario legislation as it relates to health care providers working with older adults with cognitive impairment and/or mental illness.
3. Review case-based scenarios to understand practical clinical strategies we can use when common capacity considerations arise

This webinar is presented by the South West Frail Senior Strategy in partnership with the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

Nov 7, 2022 09:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Carole Cohen
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry @University of Toronto
Carole Cohen is a geriatric psychiatrist. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is Clinical Director of the Community Psychiatric Services for the Elderly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This inter-professional team provides assessment and management of older adults with mental health and substance use problems (including dementia) in their place of residence. She has been active in inter-agency collaborative care and planning in North Toronto for decades. She has been involved with planning related to Behavioural Supports Ontario locally and provincially since the inception of the program. Dr Cohen is a consultant to the Capacity Assessment Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. She teaches at the University of Toronto medical school and supervises psychiatry residents during their geriatrics rotation.
Jane Meadus
Lawyer @Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
Jane Meadus is a staff lawyer and Institutional Advocate at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. She represents clients in long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and care homes (retirement homes) with respect to related legal issues. Ms. Meadus has a B.A. Anthropology from McMaster University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993. Ms. Meadus joined ACE in 1995. She writes extensively on the issues related to long-term care homes and related topics. She is a regular speaker at educational seminars and before various groups, and is currently chairing both the Elder Law Certificate Program and the Legal Guide to Consent, Capacity and Substitute Decision Making for Osgoode Professional Development. She is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies and the 2016 recipient of the Osgoode Professional Development Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE.