Seniors Targeted for Scams
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Aging May Affect Ability to Judge Trustworthiness
(From Reuters) Swindlers stole about $2.9 billion from the elderly in the US in 2010, but seniors’ apparent vulnerability to scams should not be chalked up to simple naiveté.
Researchers believe that brain changes that occur as we age may impair our ability to gauge people’s trustworthiness. When older adults were shown photographs of individuals whose looks were scientifically rated as untrustworthy, they were less likely than younger volunteers to pick up on visual cues that are generally considered red flags.
Reduced activity in an area of the brain called the anterior insula could be a contributing factor. Click link to read more