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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the main day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people. An increasing number of events are held across the globe on this day to raise awareness of elder abuse and to highlight ways to challenge such abuse.

Join us for an Afternoon with Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians

Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 3-4pm
Maribyrnong City Council, Reception Room, Corner Hyde & Napier Streets, Footscray

Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people. Mr Mansour has over 25 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sector and contributed significantly to policy development and enhancement of services for older Australians.

For further information about this event please contact Janette Geisler in the Positive Ageing Team on 9688 0107. To RSVP go to: eventbrite by 10 June 2016.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer. Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. Sometimes family, friends and carers may not know that their actions amount to elder abuse.

The World Health Organization describes elder abuse as a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, loss of productivity, isolation and despair. (WHO 2002 Active Ageing Policy Framework). As such, it is an issue that affects not only the person who is impacted directly but also the broader community. Older people have the right, just like people of all ages, to live safely free from harm, abuse, and exploitation. Any actions that breach this right are a form of abuse.

Who is affected by elder abuse?

Elder abuse is a problem that exists in both developing and developed countries yet is typically underreported globally. Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries — ranging from 1% to 10% of older people. Elder abuse has been shown to affect women and men, people from different cultural backgrounds, people with different levels of education and wealth, and both city-dwellers and country folk. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries experience rapidly ageing populations. Although the extent of elder abuse is unknown, it is nonetheless a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

Where can I find out more?

Seniors Rights Victoria works to prevent elder abuse from occurring by offering free legal advice and information as well a range of educational and advocacy activities. You can learn more about elder abuse and the services of Seniors Rights Victoria via their website www.seniorsrights.org.au or download a copy of their brochure below. If you are experiencing elder abuse and want to know what options are available to you, call the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline on 1300 368 821.

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