The Potential Impact of the Mental Capacity Act on Singapore’s Ageing Population |

The Potential Impact of the Mental Capacity Act on Singapore's Ageing Population

Synopsis:

In March 2010, the new Mental Capacity Act (MCA) came into effect in Singapore. It represents a sweeping change in mental health law because the previous statutory regime was based on the English Lunacy Acts of the 19th Century. The MCA was introduced not only to modernize the mental health law but also in response to Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, where people are living longer and may at some point be suffering from a condition that affects their mental capacity.
The MCA empowers persons who have capacity to appoint a proxy decision maker to make decisions on their behalf if they lack capacity in the future. It also introduces a functional test for capacity that is time and decision-specific thereby recognizing that persons may have capacity, at a particular time, to make some decisions but not others. Where a person lacks capacity, the MCA has constructed a best interests checklist for making decisions about the person’s personal welfare (including medical care), and property and affairs. This presentation will focus on the potential impact of the MCA on decisions about medical care and property and affairs in relation to the elderly.

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Speaker(s):

Dr Sumy Menon, Instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Singapore

Date:
Tuesday, 08 February 2011
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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