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November 27, 2023

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)