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Aging and Financial Decision Making

Using data from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, these research studies explore the relationships between the aging brain and important outcomes for financial decision making.

NEW: The Relation of Loneliness and Cognition With Financial and Healthcare Decision Making in Older Persons

This research found that loneliness was detrimental to decision making among those older adults with low cognition.


Does Overconfidence Increase Financial Risk Taking in Older Age?

This research provides new and updated evidence that overconfidence in financial knowledge may lead to excessive financial risk taking in older age.


Confidence in Financial Literacy and Cognitive Health in Older Persons

This study shows that older adults who have higher levels of confidence in their financial knowledge have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia. 


The Adverse Impacts of Declining Financial Literacy in Old Age

The research found that faster declines in financial and health literacy was associated with poorer decision making, higher susceptibility to scams, and lower psychological wellbeing. 




The Knowledge We Gain and Share

The Foundation has an active research agenda on financial capability of American households and financial fraud in America.

Can Educational Interventions Reduce Susceptibility to Financial Fraud?

This research study provides evidence that repeated exposure to concise, online educational interventions can reduce susceptibility to investment fraud.

Addressing the Challenge of Chronic Fraud Victimization

This study examines factors that contribute to fraud victimization and scam susceptibility, thereby providing a framework for prevention and intervention strategies.