The NSW Government is urging people to use World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as an opportunity to help seniors identify and take action against abuse.
Recognised by the United Nations, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) is a day to voice opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people.
Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said older people deserve to live their best lives without facing neglect, mistreatment or abuse.
“Elder abuse is a scourge in our community and seniors shouldn’t have to suffer in silence,” Mr Coure said.
“Today is about ensuring we empower seniors to both acknowledge when they are being abused and on how to take action.
“The NSW Government established the Ageing and Disability Commission to make sure seniors had support to make enquiries and make a report.”
Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald said there had been a 25.3 per cent increase in calls to its Helpline.
“It is encouraging that more people are calling us about concerns of abuse and that the community knows there is a Helpline that can support them to make a report” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to talk about what abuse can look like in all its forms, and importantly how to take action.”
“You don’t need to be an expert in detecting abuse. You just need to recognise the signs and talk with someone about your concerns and give us a call.”
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person. Signs of abuse, whether in the family, home or community can include a person no longer receiving care or services they need to live, being prevented from speaking or seeing loved ones, and not being able to access or use their own money.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse contact the Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221. Reports can be anonymous.
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