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Older Adult Nest Egg helps frontline professionals review significant financial decisions to identify and protect seniors vulnerable to fraud. Older adults lose billions of dollars each year to fraud, identity theft, and scams. Now, thanks to new screening interviews created by gerontologist and researcher Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, professionals have the tools to determine awareness, influence, and judgment about an older client's recent financial decisions.

Whether you are a banker, financial planner, attorney or social worker, Older Adult Nest Egg has the appropriate interview tool to help you assess and assist your client. The reliability of Dr. Lichtenberg's method has been validated across more than three years of field-testing. His new Family & Friends Assessment asks a trusted relative or friend about the client's financial decision for additional validation of findings. Whether you are a seasoned interviewer or a novice, Older Adult Nest Egg can help you identify seniors at risk of exploitation, while respecting the rights of those whose decisions are made authentically and with integrity.



One out of every 20 older adults in the U.S. is a victim of financial exploitation, losing an average of $80,000 to $186,000.

Nearly half of these crimes are committed by someone the older adult knows and trusts, like a relative or caregiver.

Nest Egg Tools

Financial Decision Tracker
Financial Decision

This brief 10-item interview examines a specific financial decision made by an older adult to assess his or her financial judgment, vulnerability to theft and scams, and whether financial predation may have taken place.

For professionals who often work with older adults making significant financial decisions, including attorneys, financial planners, bankers, investment brokers, insurance agents, accountants, law enforcement officers, and Adult Protective Services case workers. More about the
Financial Decision Tracker
Financial Vulnerability Assessment
Financial Vulnerability

The Financial Vulnerability Assessment is an in-depth interview to determine the factors involved in an older adult's financial decisions. This includes an assessment of cognitive impairment, situational awareness and undue influence and their impact on financial decision making.

For mental health professionals who are well-trained in administering standardized tests, including psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, counselors, nurse practitioners and pastoral counselors. More about the
Financial Vulnerability Assessment
Family & Friends Interview
Family & Friends

The Family & Friends Interview asks a series of questions to the trusted relative or friend of an older adult to better understand one of the older adult's recent financial decisions.The interview provides a complementary perspective on the decision and is best used in combination with the Financial Decision Tracker or the Financial Vulnerability Assessment.

Information about an older adult's financial decision from a trusted relative or friend.
More about the
Family & Friends Interview
Get Certified on the Lichtenberg Assessments

Certification is simple and straightforward. Our convenient online trainings show you how to administer the assessments to achieve accuracy and reliability. Training to become certified to use the Decision Tracker and the Family & Friends Interview is available to all professionals. Training and certification to use the Vulnerability Assessment, however, should be completed only by a mental health professional.

Trainings & Consultations

Groups or organizations interested in receiving training for either interview should contact Dr. Lichtenberg. He conducts trainings in person, via conference call or webinar. Participants learn the science behind the assessments and how to administer and score them. Dr. Lichtenberg also consults with organizations to help them understand the problem of financial exploitation and how these appraisals can protect their employees and the older clients they serve.

Call 313-664-2633 or use Contact Us to email.

Peter Lichtenberg
Peter Lichtenberg, PHD, ABPP

Dr. Lichtenberg is a national expert in financial capacity assessment and the financial exploitation of older adults. An award-winning author and researcher, his interest in how older adults make financial decisions, and the responsibility to defend autonomy while protecting the vulnerable, led him to create the interview tools found here. He has conducted numerous medical evaluations and been an expert witness in more than 80 cases related to older adults and capacity.

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Institute of Gerontology
At Wayne State University

87 East Ferry St.,
Pauline Knapp Building
Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 664-2600

Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology

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Older Adult Nest Egg assessments provide information only about financial decision-making performance. Assessment results detail the client’s responses to a specific financial decision or transaction. They assist the interviewer only in identifying potential areas of strength or challenge regarding that decision or transaction and as informed by the interviewer’s independent judgment. Assessments DO NOT provide diagnosis or treatment recommendations. Older Adult Nest Egg assessments are to be conducted by trained interviewers. Assessment reports are not stand-alone and require the interpretation of the interviewer and possibly a relevant professional within their scope of practice and in the context of all information they have gathered about their client. Assessments, risk scores and levels of concern are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent cognitive impairment. Information provided by Older Adult Nest Egg is not a substitute for face-to-face consultation with a medical or mental health professional and should not be construed as individual medical or mental health advice. Older Adult Nest Egg assessments and the statements made on this website have not been evaluated by other regulatory bodies.