A new program seeks to train medical professionals to assess when older patients might be likely to fall prey to elder investment fraud and financial exploitation. According to Marketwatch.com, this new program, a new partnership between the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), the North American Securities Administrators Association, and the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) was based on a pilot program that brought fines and prison sentences cases of elder abuse—of note is the case of Edward S. Digges Jr. who raised at least $10 million from about 130 Texas investors, the majority of whom were elderly.
Marketwatch.com reports that according to the Don Blandin, the president and chief executive of IPT, the centerpiece of the new program is the Clinician's Pocket Guide, which contains a list of questions that medical professionals can ask older patients. Doctors can get a sense of their patient's financial capacity by asking the following questions:
- Who manages your money day to day? How is that going?
- Do you run out of money at the end of the month?
- Do you regret or worry about financial decisions you've recently made?
- Have you given power of attorney to another person?
- Do you have a will? Has anyone asked you to change it?
- I have trouble paying bills because the bills are confusing to me.
- I don't feel confident making big financial decisions alone.