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Date(s) - 04/25/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Social relationship and elder financial victimization: Theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives

April 25, 2018
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time


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Social isolation, defined as a lack of meaningful social connection, affects more than 8 million older adults in the United States. Isolation is a significant risk factor for a range of physiological, cognitive and emotional disorders, and increases the risk of mortality more than smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day, obesity, and physical inactivity. In this webinar, Drs. Marti DeLiema and Scott Beach present research on how interpersonal factors affect the risk of elder financial victimization. Dr. DeLiema will present a theoretical model of elder financial victimization, adapted from routine activity theory; and Dr. Beach will present results from a recent paper examining how social network size and perceived social support affect risk of financial exploitation. In addition to highlighting real-world cases, they will provide practical tips for direct service providers to combat the risks posed by social isolation.


Marti DeLiema, Ph.D.

Marguerite (Marti) DeLiema is a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity in the Financial Security Division. Her work focuses on identifying the sociodemographic, psychological, and contextual factors related to fraud victimization. With her colleagues at Stanford University and the FINRA Foundation, Marti developed a framework to classify different sub-types of financial fraud and piloted a survey to estimate the prevalence and cost of fraud in the US. This survey informed a new module in the National Crime Victimization Survey that went into the field in 2017. Dr. DeLiema examines the factors that contribute to older adults’ vulnerability to fraud, including the experience of negative life events and changes in emotion regulation. In a project funded by the National Institute on Aging, Dr. DeLiema is identifying pathways for researchers to partner with private sector organizations to better understand everyday financial decision-making in an applied setting and flag clients who may be at risk for fraud and financial exploitation.

Dr. DeLiema has also conducted research on elder abuse and neglect in community settings, and the tactics scam artists use to deceive older victims. She has published studies on how older adults from different racial/ethnic backgrounds define elder abuse and how mandatory reporters and adult protective services workers perceive elder abuse response. Before joining the financial fraud research team at Stanford, she received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from University of Southern California and a B.S. in biological psychology from UCLA.

Scott R. Beach, Ph.D.

Dr. Beach has been Director of the Survey Research Program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) since 1999, was UCSUR Associate Director between 2010 and 2016; and was named Interim UCSUR Director in 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. Dr. Beach has directed dozens of large-scale surveys covering a broad range of topics. He has been involved in all phases of survey design, data collection, and statistical analysis. He has also conducted and published several papers in survey methodology, focusing primarily on how various data collection technologies (e.g., mobile devices) impact the quality of survey data. In addition to his work in survey methodology and research design, Dr. Beach has interests and has published in areas such as aging and caregiver stress, elder abuse, and technology and aging. His work has appeared in some of the major medical, aging, and survey methods journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Psychology & Aging, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Official Statistics. His recent work on elder abuse has focused on use of survey technology to improve self-reporting of elder abuse, caregiver health and risk for abuse, racial/ethnic disparities in abuse, abuse in assisted living facilities, and screening and detection methods. He has been an invited participant in several National Institute of Health, National Institute of Justice, and Institute of Medicine workshops on elder abuse.

There is no charge for this webinar. Sorry, CEUs are not available.

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