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Financial Elder Abuse  

Author:  Dana  Shilling, J.D..

Source: Volume 06, Number 03, Winter 2014 , pp.57-74(18)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Elder abuse expert Dana Shilling provides an eye-opening discussion of the high risk of financial abuse faced by today’s senior citizens. This is especially pertinent given the huge numbers of baby boomers now entering their golden years—which for victims of financial abuse are far from golden. For a significant percentage, those years will be marred by various degrees of cognitive decline, leaving them particularly vulnerable to the machinations of financial abusers (who are often but not always family members). The author discusses the different ways in which seniors are scammed and the features of seniors who are especially vulnerable to these kinds of crimes. Finally, she makes solid and tested recommendations for prevention and remediation of this pernicious exploitation of the elderly.

Keywords: baby boomers; Declining Cognitive Ability; senior perpetrators; economic downturn; easy to obtain certifications; The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse: Crimes of Occasion, Desperation, and Predation Against America’s Elders; victim characteri

Affiliations:  1: Editor, Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled.

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