The full set of Financial Decision Making Assessments created by Dr. Lichtenberg are described below. We recommend the Financial Decision Tracker for any client for whom you have financial concerns. The Tracker can be augmented with the Family & Friends Interview which asks your client’s relative or close friend about his or her financial decisions. The Financial Vulnerability Assessment is a longer more nuanced interview best completed by a mental health professional. Choose the tool that best suits your and your client’s needs.
Financial Decision Tracker
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.
Financial Vulnerability Assessment
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.
Family & Friends Interview
The Family & Friends Interview asks a series of questions to the trusted relative or friend of an older adult to better understand an older adult's recent financial decision. 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.