On October 30, 2010, the NY Times published an article about how financial troubles can be signs to doctors (and family members) that elderly patients might be facing mental impairment, including dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Similarly, on March 3, 2011, the NY Times reported on how mental impairment can be a sign of financial vulnerability. Such impairments spark professionals to screening older patients for financial vulnerability.
We have to be wary of the higher risk of fraud and financial abuse that elderly become susceptible to because of developing mental impairment. Likewise, financial hardship or abuse can be a cue into a person’s developing mental impairments.