The right to make decisions is at the core of our human rights and a key to understanding that everyone has the right to take risks. The law of decision-making has evolved to an acceptance that people with dementia have the right to make decisions and where necessary, to be provided with support to make decisions. Supported decision-making can be a challenge for carers, family, health professionals, service providers and lawyers, who all might be more comfortable with making decisions for people with dementia, rather than with people with dementia.
This presentation will explore the right to legal decision-making for persons with dementia through the unique lens of the music App Spotify and sets out to answer some of the following questions:
- What would the world of people with dementia look like if decision-making were based on will and preference, rather than best interests?
- How can we balance rights with safeguards to ensure that our elders aren’t subject to abuse?
- What are the key ethical dimensions of decision-making in dementia?
- Can Artificial Intelligence help uncover our individual decision preferences and our appetite for risk?