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Current Projects

  • The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA)

    Adult Protective Service (APS) workers assess older adult clients for abuse and neglect and are asked to determine the client’s understanding of the risks they face so they can develop an intervention plan together. Yet, APS workers have little structured training in how to make such judgments.  The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA) is a tool designed for use by APS workers to assess the ability of suspected victims to make decisions about risks. With the aim of providing APS the skills needed to utilize this tool, the California IDA team has conducted a series of 2-day training across 30 California counties. In addition, to build the evidence base...

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  • Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES)

    The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) aims to identify factors associated with financial exploitation and well-being among cognitively-intact older adults. Participant Eligibility Age 50 years or older Fluent in English No history of mental impairment No major medical problems with brain or emotional functioning ​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) How long is the study? FINCHES is a one-visit, approximately five-hour, non-medication research study. ​What is involved in testing? The study includes the following: Behavioral Data Collection: Pencil-paper and computerized measures examining thinking abilities, emotions, and health Neuroimaging Session: Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan ​Do I need to prepare anything prior to participating? There are no materials or...

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.