A vulnerability to financial exploitation among older adults could be linked to the earliest stages of cognitive decline, according to findings from the Keck School of Medicine of USC published last week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal was to develop clearer insights regarding which older adults are more likely to fall for scams in order to better protect them.

The study recruited 67 patients averaging 69 years of age who were tested for cognitive decline, as well as their willingness to give others portions of a $10 allowance in a laboratory exercise.

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