Exploitation in older adults: Social vulnerability and personal competence factors

Pinsker, DM, McFarland, K and Pachana, NA (2010) Exploitation in older adults: Social vulnerability and personal competence factors. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29 6: 740-761. doi:10.1177/0733464809346559

Author Pinsker, DM
McFarland, K
Pachana, NA
Title Exploitation in older adults: Social vulnerability and personal competence factors
Journal name Journal of Applied Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0733-4648
Publication date 2010-12-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0733464809346559
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 740
End page 761
Total pages 22
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2909 Gerontology
2717 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Abstract Clinicians are frequently called upon to determine whether an older adult is at undue risk of exploitation and, in particular, financial exploitation. However, there is currently no widely accepted clinical model for describing or explaining who will fall victim to exploitation in later life, and identification of vulnerable older people has been a somewhat onerous process. In this article, an overarching theoretical framework for conceptualizing such forms of vulnerability and its assessment in older adults is presented. Central to this framework are various personal competence factors (i.e., intelligence, cognitive functioning, social intelligence, social skill, personality traits, physical functioning) that purportedly contribute to, or protect against, exploitation. Recommendations and argument for a more holistic approach to assessing and educating potentially vulnerable older adults are presented, as well as directions for future research. © 2010 The Author(s).
Keyword Dementia
Neuropsychological assessment
Social vulnerability
Financial exploitation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print October 1, 2009

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