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About Our Study

The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) aims to identify factors associated with financial exploitation and well-being among cognitively-intact older adults.

Participant Eligibility

  • Age 50 years or older

  • Fluent in English

  • No history of current or past substance abuse

  • No major problems with emotional functioning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

*Pending COVID-19 safety guidelines and preferences, the length and format of participation in the study may vary.*

How long is the study?

FINCHES is a non-medication research study that can take a total of approximately 3-6 hours to complete.

What is involved in testing?

Pending COVID-19 safety guidelines and preferences, some or all of the following may be asked of the participant: 


Behavioral Data Collection Session:

The researchers will collect demographic, cognitive, affective, health, and decision-making data using pencil-paper and computerized measures. This session will take approximately 4 hours.

Neuroimaging Session:

Investigators will collect neuroimaging data using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. This will involve lying quietly inside the center of a large magnet. This session will take approximately 2 hours.


Initial Phone Session: 

Researchers will collect demographic, cognitive, health, decision-making, and interpersonal data using measures administered over the phone. This session will take approximately 1 hour.

Text-Message Surveys:

Text message-based surveys will be sent out every 2 weeks over a 6-month period. They will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Surveys collect decision-making and interpersonal data.

Final Follow-up Phone Session:

A final follow-up phone session will be conducted 6 months after the initial phone session. The measures administered will be similar to those used in the initial phone session. This session will take approximately 1 hour.

Do I need to prepare anything prior to participating?

There are no materials or preparation required for participating in the study.

Is there compensation?

Money will be given for participation. Please contact or call (626) 457-4213 for details.

Where is the study located?


The study will take place at two locations. The behavioral data collection session will take place at the Keck School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine offices located at 1000 South Fremont Ave., Alhambra, CA 91803. The neuroimaging session will take place approximately 4.6 miles away at the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute located at 2025 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033. Transportation to and from the study sites can be provided; otherwise, validated parking is available.


Via telephone.

Sign-up for FINCHES

If you are interested in participating in our Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES), please complete this sign-up form. After submitting the form, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call (626) 457-4213.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this study or have any questions, please email Dr. Duke Han’s research group at or call (626) 457-4213. A member of our team will follow up with you.

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