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Board Member in the News: Richard Besdine raises awareness of Elder Financial Exploitation

Jun 11

Board Member in the News: Richard Besdine raises awareness of Elder Financial Exploitation View MoreBACK

On June 10, 2015, The Huffington Post debuted AFAR Medical Director Dr. Richard Besdine’s latest column, “Elder Financial Exploitation: A Crime AND a Serious Health Risk.” 

Part of a two-part series preceded by the column “Why Elder Abuse is Everyone’s Problem,” the article explores why elder financial exploitation--the most common form of elder abuse--is a topic of importance for medical professionals working with older adults. Besdine and featured experts from the medical and financial sectors provide insight into how to recognize signs of financial exploitation and offers resources for caregivers and financial managers.

The article also spotlights research or commentary by AFAR board member Mark Lachs, MD, MPH; 2013 Beeson Scholar Janey Peterson, EdD, MS, RN; John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Director of Financial Gerontology, Cynthia Hutchins, CRPC, CIMA

Read the full column here.

Richard Besdine, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Greer Professor of  Geriatric Medicine, and Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University; as well as Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice and Director, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown University School of Public Health.

For more expert insights on the relationship between cognitive health and financial decision making,  join AFAR for a free InfoAging Webinar: Cognitive Impairment and Financial Abuse on July 22nd  from 2-3pm Eastern time.  Moderated by Dr. Besdine, the webinar will feature presentations from from Cynthia Hutchins, Director of Financial Gerontology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Laura Mosqueda, MD, Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse; and Duke Han, PhD, a 2012 AFAR Beeson Scholar and Associate Professor of behavior sciences at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Learn more here.