Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review

Mitchell, Leander K. and Pachana, Nancy A. and Wilson, Jill and Vearncombe, Katharine and Massavelli, Bronwyn and Byrne, Gerard J. and Tilse, Cheryl (2014) Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 (1). pp. 2-7. ISSN 1440-6381


This review aims to identify factors that facilitate the establishment of enduring powers of attorney (EPOAs), and those that create a barrier to their establishment. The primary aim was to provide guidance about how to encourage future planning while people are cognitively able to make such important decisions. A detailed search of the literature was conducted to identify research looking at the motivating factors behind putting future-planning strategies in place. The literature highlighted a number of broad areas motivating the establishment of EPOAs, including: demographic factors; intrapersonal and personality factors; health and psychological factors; cognitive factors; and socio-emotional factors. While a number of factors play a role in determining whether or not a person establishes an EPOA, the factor most malleable to change is the awareness and knowledge of older adults and their families regarding the utility of EPOAs. © 2013 ACOTA.

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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 02:33
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 06:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: older adults; power of attorney; substitute decision-making; advance directives; aged; Australia; decision making; human rights; humans
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People
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