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What do you call a person that cant make decisions for themselves

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What do you call a person that can't make decisions for themselves or are mentally slowing down so their capacity to choose or negotiate their wishes is done by their family.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 5 months ago.

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hello what is the age of the person?

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Dr. P. Jyoti :

what is the age of the person?

Customer:

I already stated the age of 78

Dr. P. Jyoti :

ok, so the question is for you

Dr. P. Jyoti :

such a person is said to have senile dementia

Dr. P. Jyoti :

senile dementia can occur due to many causes

Dr. P. Jyoti :

advancing age is the commonest reason

Customer:

there is another word... the person is not yet with dementia

Dr. P. Jyoti :

alzheimer's disease is also a common cause

Dr. P. Jyoti :

senility

Customer:

for example, a Chinese family has the mother that never learned English so their cultural background does not allow them to infiltrate so

Customer:

that is why they can't comprehend... They depend on their sons and daughters to translate.... SO they may never know what everyone is sayig? but there is more confusion than dementia

Dr. P. Jyoti :

ok, but that is not a medical problem in that case

Customer:

or a topic is too complex and over their head or educational level to comprehend

Dr. P. Jyoti :

a medical term would not fit it

Dr. P. Jyoti :

it can be called cognitive disorder

Dr. P. Jyoti :

cognitive means understanding something

Dr. P. Jyoti :

cognitive disorder means not being able to understand something for any reason

Dr. P. Jyoti :

it relates mainly to medical causes though

Dr. P. Jyoti :

a person not being able to understand because of language problems is not a typical medical problem but rather a social one

Dr. P. Jyoti :

still it could be termed cognitive disorder if the person is also having confusion

Customer:

in my case it is the woman being sheltered her whole life so that there has been no practice to learn of the world around her.

Customer:

So the person is kind of disenfranchised and ignorant?

Dr. P. Jyoti :

the term 'impaired cognition' would fit her in that case

Dr. P. Jyoti :

impaired cognition would be the term you are looking for

Customer:

That inability to comprehend because of cultural or economic barrier makes the person mentally frustrated and socially inept

Customer:

ok,,, that sounds closer.. thanks

Dr. P. Jyoti :

Impaired cognition fits your description

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Customer:

if you come to think of another one, send it to me...like learned helplessness or extreme shyness and incapacity to sustain oneself to the point of needing an advocate

Dr. P. Jyoti :

ok

Dr. P. Jyoti :

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