Psychological Vulnerability in Older Adults Increases Risk for Financial Exploitation

Older adults with extreme depression symptoms and low social status fulfillment are at greater risk for financial exploitation, according to new data.

Researchers analyzed data from a representative US sample of 4,461 respondents from the 2002 Health and Retirement Study regular survey and a 2008 Participant Lifestyle Leave Behind Questionnaire. Respondents were 61.9% female, 85.4% white and their mean age was 65.8 years. A majority (70.6%) reported having partners.

Financial fraud, including identity theft, fake home repairs and telemarketing scams, in the overall sample was 4.5% with 52.7% of respondents reporting satisfaction with their finances. The most significant prevalence of fraud (14%) was observed among older adults with the highest depression and lowest social-needs fulfillment, compared with the rest of the sample

One Response to “Psychological Vulnerability in Older Adults Increases Risk for Financial Exploitation”

  1. StandUp Says:

    Yes, it's true. We (society) make older folks feel like they are lesser persons.

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