College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Marlene Stum

  • Professor emeritus

Marlene Stum

Areas of interest

Aging Families, Economic Well-Being and Financial Literacy
Decision-Making Issues and Processes in Later Life Families
Intergenerational Resource Transfers
Interpersonal Social Justice and Inheritance Dynamics
Advance Care Planning
Long-term Care Risk Management


A professor emerita who retired in June 2022, Stum’s research-based outreach and engagement focused on family economics and social gerontology. She addressed the decisions families tend to avoid - but few escape - including inheritance (transfer of property), end-of-life health care, financing long term care, and the potential for elder financial exploitation by a family member. She is most well-known for "Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™," a program internationally recognized for supporting families in non-titled property decisions.

Health Care Directive Planning Toolkit: Advance Care Planning
A Minnesota-specific, planning tool used to identify end-of-life preferences and wishes, and to identify who you want to make decisions for you if you are medically unable.

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?
Practical and proven resources to improve family decision-making about the transfer of personal property.

Financing Long Term Care
Unbiased, research-based information and decision-making tools.

How to Identify Financial Security Goals for Later Life
A framework for individuals, couples and families to identify what is important to them and discuss with loved ones.

Elder Family Financial Exploitation
Stum and her team examined family experiences when elderly people were victims of financial exploitation by someone in their own family.