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Mental capacity

At some point in our lives,  we are all likely to be affected by a lack of capacity to make decisions, either personally, or because someone close to us is unable to make decisions for themselves.  Millions of people lose their ability to make decisions that affect their lives through illness, disability or injury, while some people are born with disabilities that affect their capacity to make decisions. Millions of people also have caring responsibilities for people who lack capacity.  

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