50s Lifestyle

Power at last to probe abuse claim

WORLD Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – has provided the community with the opportunity to learn how to speak up for vulnerable citizens in our community.

Minister for Seniors, John Sidoti, said the event was a reminder of the importance of educating ourselves about the signs of elder abuse, a scourge that we must eradicate from our society.
“Everyone in our community has the right to live in safety and the abuse of older people must stop,” Mr Sidoti said.
The Government is taking historic steps to further its goal to stamp out all forms of elder abuse by establishing an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from July 2019.
“The Commissioner will be charged with protecting seniors and adults with a disability from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings,” Mr Sidoti said.
The appointee will have power to investigate allegations of abuse and provide support to vulnerable adults and their families.
An estimated 50,000 older people in NSW may have experienced some form of abuse.
“While the results of physical abuse are often obvious, financial and emotional abuse and neglect can be hidden from public view,” Mr Sidoti said.
People who witness, suspect or experience abuse, are urged to call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 or visit elderabusehelpline.com.au
for information, support and referrals. If there is an emergency or immediate danger, call 000.