Study: Depressed, Lonely Elderly Most Apt to be Defrauded

Elder exploitation — such as telemarketing scams, fake home repairs, check scams and identity theft — costs U.S. seniors $3 billion a year, researchers say.

Lead author Peter Lichtenberg, director of Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology, in collaboration with Illinois Institute of Technology, said the study included 4,440 participants.

The study, published in Clinical Gerontologist, found the most psychologically vulnerable — with the highest levels of depression and lowest levels of social-needs fulfillment — experienced higher levels of fraud compared to those who were not vulnerable psychologically.

“The combination of high depression and low social-status fulfillment was associated with a 226 percent increase in fraud prevalence in this population,” Lichtenberg said in a statement. “This supports our theory that depressive symptoms and lack of social-needs fulfillment have an effect on fraud prediction, and serves as a reminder to clinical gerontologists how psychological vulnerability can affect older adults’ lives in a variety of ways.”
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Study – Depressed, Lonely Elderly Most Apt to be Defrauded

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2 Responses to “Study: Depressed, Lonely Elderly Most Apt to be Defrauded”

  1. Thelma Says:

    Okay, so what's the solution?

  2. StandU[p Says:

    This is true. When people are depressed, they look for something quick to cheer them up — like a lottery "win."

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