Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse

Financial abuse involves the misuse of a senior’s financial resources by family members, friends or (more rarely) strangers.  This brief further defines financial abuse, why elderly are targets, and the warning signs that abuse may be occurring.  The brief also gives tips for preventing financial abuse and what to do when abuse is suspected.  Most important, the brief discusses strategies for community-based educators to address elder financial abuse issues.

Issue Brief

Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse


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Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse 

(Discussion Sept. 16, 2013)

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For more information on the FINRA Financial Fraud study.

To read about research on cognitive decline and poor financial management read:  The Age of Reason: Financial Decisions over the Life-Cycle with Implications for Regulation.

Use the National Elder Care Locator to find Adult Protective Services anywhere in the US (it searches by zip code) or call 800-677-1116.

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