Monday, October 8, 2018

Elder Abuser Profiles (Research, Financial Abuse Video 2:13)

Who are the perpetrators of the vulnerable elderly population? Do similar profiles and risk factors motivate elder abusers to mistreat others? Research suggests their profiles and risk factors differ among them. They can be categorized for successful intervention approaches. One way is through analysis of their behavior profiles.

This data comes from the Older Adult Mistreatment Assessment administered to victims by Adult Protective Service (APS) in Illinois. Abusers were categorized using victim and caseworker reports on abusers' harmful and supportive behaviors and characteristics. Results indicate that abusers fall into the following profiles:

 1) Caregiver (lowest in harmful characteristics and highest in providing emotional and instrumental support to victims)

2) Temperamental

3) Dependent Caregiver

4) Dangerous (have the highest levels of aggression, financial dependency, substance abuse, and irresponsibility) 

This is the first quantitative study to identify and characterize abuser subtypes. These profiles differ significantly in average age and gender of the abuser, the relationship to victims, and types of mistreatment committed.

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a social services program provided by state and /or local governments nationwide serving older adults and adults with disabilities who are in need of assistance. They can offer assistance in cases of elder abuse. State adult protective services program numbers in your area are available at this website:

Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI is a national expert on financial elder abuse.You can read about him, the Lichtenberg Financial Decision-Making Screening and Rating Scales, his community engagement component SAFE, Success After Financial Exploitation, and more here:

The following video from the WKRG News 5 Scambuster Report is one example of how financial abuse by an elder abuser can take place.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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