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

Mitchell, Leander K., Pachana, Nancy A., Wilson, Jill, Vearncombe, Katharine, Massavelli, Bronwyn, 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: 2-7. doi:10.1111/ajag.12043

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Author Mitchell, Leander K.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Wilson, Jill
Vearncombe, Katharine
Massavelli, Bronwyn
Byrne, Gerard J.
Tilse, Cheryl
Title Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12043
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 2
End page 7
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract This review aims to identify factors that facilitate the establishment of enduring powers of attorney (EPOAs), and those factors 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 with regards the utility of EPOAs.
Keyword Older adults
Power of attorney
Substitute decision-making
Q-Index Code C1
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