What are the legal definitions of an elderly adult and a vulnerable adult?
An elderly adult is a person who is 70 or older. A vulnerable adult is a person who is 18 or older who is unable to do any of the following on his/her own due to an intellectual or physical disability:
- manage his/her money;
- carry out daily tasks; or
- protect him/herself against neglect, exploitation, or abuse.1
1 Tenn. Code §§ 71-6-124(f)(2); 39-15-501(6), (14)