New Study May Help Avoid Elder Abuse and Financial Elder Abuse

It’s no secret that older adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are extremely susceptible to elder abuse and financial elder abuse. This is especially true before a formal diagnosis is made, when no one is aware just how vulnerable an aging parent’s failing memory or judgement has made them to exploitation.

Now a study out of the University of California, San Francisco finds that one of the early signs of dementia is difficulty detecting lies and sarcasm.

…the research should help raise awareness of the fact that severe gullibility can actually be an initial symptom of dementia — something that might help more patients be correctly diagnosed and receive earlier treatment.

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So if you notice that an aging parent or loved one isn’t picking up on sarcastic remarks — or has become uncharacteristically gullible — don’t just write it off to old age. If your elderly parent is indeed showing signs of early stage dementia, it’s better to know BEFORE some con makes them their next victim.