Older adults susceptible to financial scams may have a greater chance of developing cognitive impairment, according to a study published April 16 ($) in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The research, conducted at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, involved 935 older adults who did not have dementia. They were assessed for “scam awareness” by rating their agreement to statements using a 7-point scale. There were five statements:
- I answer the telephone whenever it rings, even if I do not know who is calling.
- I have difficulty ending a phone call, even if the caller is a telemarketer, someone I do not know, or someone I did not wish to call me.
- If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
- Persons older than 65 are often targeted by con artists.
- When telemarketers call me, I usually listen to what they have to say.