How an interview system helps detect and protect at-risk older adults

There’s a new tool to help gauge the decision-making ability of older adults regarding a range of risks, from financial exploitation to self-neglect. The interview for decisional abilities, developed by geriatricians at Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania, isn’t intended to replace a formal psychiatric evaluation, but to help adult protective services workers in the field determine whether a person is capable of making informed choices about their lives or whether further assessment is needed.

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