Center Partners Fall Forum – Online Speaker Series

Financial Exploitation: Diving Deeper to Understand Why and How it Happens

In understanding abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults, we have often been lacking data and scientific studies to understand human behavior.  This November, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center will host an online forum series to highlight emerging research into financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.  We are excited to host three different researchers whose work is helping shine a light on emerging issues and our understanding of why and how vulnerable adults are financially exploited.
We will then host a final session to discuss the practical application of this emerging research to the work of our partner organizations as they protect and serve older and vulnerable adults.  Registration is now open for all sessions. (1 Social Work CEU will be available to attendees for each session.)

Monday, November 9th at 1:00-2:00 pm | Understanding the Connections Between Neurocognitive Changes in Aging and Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation | Presented by Professor Duke Han | Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California

Professor Han is a diplomate of the American Board of Professionals Psychology in clinical neuropsychology, Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Family Medicine, and a tenured Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology studying factors that impact cognition and decision making in aging. The recipient of numerous awards and leadership positions in his field, Dr. Han will be discuss how his novel neuroimaging and statistical approaches to research are helping us better understand how brain development influences susceptibility to financial exploitation.  REGISTER NOW!

Wednesday, November 11th at 1:00-2:00 pm | Why Comply? Exploring Vulnerability to Scams | Presented by Professor Marti DeLiema | Assistant Research Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work

Professor DeLiema is an interdisciplinary gerontologist, driven to understanding how our society can cultivate long, healthy, and fulfilling lives for all citizens. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research to study financial victimization using focus groups, in-depth interviews, and survey and panel data. Professor DeLiema will be presenting a summary of her most recent research that includes factors that make individuals susceptible to scans and current trends in fraud targeting older adults.  REGISTER NOW!

Friday, November 13th at 1:00-2:00 pm | Family Financial Exploitation: What Research Tells us About the Role and Experiences of Concerned Family Members | Presented by Professor Marlene Stum | Professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development

Professor Stum is a long-time contributor and collaborator with the Minnesota Elder Justice and Center Partners, whose work focuses on the complex and challenging dynamics of family relationships – particularly involving adult children and their parents. Recognized for numerous honors and awards in this unique and critical field of research, Professor Stum will be focusing on the role and experiences of concerned family members (non-perpetrators) in dealing with family financial exploitation. Her recent research has findings that help us better understand the challenges, outcomes, and consequences for concerned family members who are secondary victims of finical exploitation.  REGISTER NOW!

Tuesday, November 17th at 2:00-3:00 pm | Pulling it All Together | Presented by Minnesota Elder Justice Staff and Center Partner Organizations

Join us for a discussion about the implications of the research presented in the previous three sessions. Whether you attended one or all the presentations, we encourage you to join a conversation about the implications of the research findings on our everyday work with older and vulnerable adults. You will be invited to share reflections on the speaker series and how any of the research can inform your own work in the field.  REGISTER NOW!

Questions? Please contact Sean Burke, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Elder Justice Center at