Generations

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer

A Future out of Reach? the Growing Risk in the U.S. Retirement Security System
The levels of economic risk are rising, and shaping an increasingly insecure future for today's-and tomorrow's-retirees.Today's workers-many of them trapped in low-wage jobs with declining benefits-are facing a difficult future in which the kind of retirement...
Assessing Financial Capacity Impairment in Older Adults
Healthcare providers can help patients and their caregivers preserve independence and prevent financial abuse in cognitively impaired elders.Impairment of financial capacity can occur very early on in the course of Alzheimer's Disease (AD), putting vulnerable...
Financial Capacity in an Aging Society
In the United States, older adults are the most vulnerable to impairment and loss of financial skills and capacity-not only because of the effects of Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias, but also due to normal cognitive aging.The capacity...
Financial Competency and America's Aging Population
The genesis of this issue of Generations began nearly two years ago, with intense discussion among the journal's editorial advisory board members: concerns were raised over the ongoing malaise of the economy, but the talk mostly centered on the importance...
Financial Literacy and Financial Decision-Making in Older Adults
An economist's look at the level of financial knowledge among elders, and the quality of their financial decision-making.In the United States and other industrialized countries around the world, individuals and their families are increasingly responsible...
Parsing the Financial Landscape for Older Adults: Industries, Products, and Risks
A primer for older adults on investing for and during retirement.Planning for retirement has become increasingly complicated over the last three decades, just as stakes have risen for individual investors. People saving and investing for retirement face...
Protecting Older Investors: The Challenge of Diminished Capacity
Older investors who are cognitively impaired are prime targets for financial abuse. How can professionals in the financial services industry best help their clients-and themselves-to cope?As the population ages and the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease...
The Emerging Neuroscience of Financial Capacity
Connecting the dots between neuronal damage, brain network disruption, cognitive deficits, and impairment of financial capacity.The capacity to manage one's own financial affairs, or financial capacity, is critical to the independent functioning of adults...
The Warning Signs of Diminished Financial Capacity in Older Adults
Maintaining a checkbook may be one of the first financial skills to go in cognitively impaired elders- how to spot that and other signs of trouble.People who develop Alzheimer's Disease (AD) rapidly lose financial skills and decisionmaking abilities,...
Undue Influence and Financial Capacity: A Clinical Perspective
Older adults are particularly susceptible to undue influence-the exploitation of the weak, typically for the financial gain of the strong.As many of those who work frequently with older adults know, cases of undue influence abound. In such instances,...
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