Aging Adult Fraud Research & Policy Institute

Improving the physical and financial security of elderly Americans through evidence-based research.

The Aging Adult Fraud Research & Policy Institute conducts rigorous scientific research about the risk factors, protective factors, and consequences of elder exploitation and victimization. The population of elderly Americans is rapidly increasing and the elderly represent a vulnerable target for violent victimization, sexual victimization, and financial exploitation. As a result, the Institute seeks to use evidence-based research to develop policy and practice recommendations that are presented to local, state, and national policymakers and practitioners to reduce the risk of victimization.


  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services | Division of Consumer Services
  • Seniors vs. Crime



DIRECTOR | Thomas G. Blomberg, Ph.D. 

CO-DIRECTOR  | Julie Brancale, Ph.D.

For more information on the Aging Adult Fraud Research & Policy Institute, contact Drs. George B. Pesta or Julie Brancale.