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WEAAD 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. Rates of elder abuse are under reported, but the Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates up to 14 per cent of older people in Australia are affected. read more

The Purple Recipe Campaign

Tanya Bartolini, author of Blending the Cultures and owner of The Kitchen Bench website, has generously shared a recipe for her grandmother’s Sacoiardi Cake… with a purple tint! – just for WEAAD.  Tanya and the Kitchen Bench are very proud to be a promoter and ambassador for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in Queensland. The Purple Recipe Campaign is designed to raise awareness and encourage everyone to share a recipe which incorporates the colour purple to help shed more light on the serious issue of elder abuse.

We thought her Purple Recipe Campaign was great and wanted to share it here too. If you have a great purple recipe, share it via the blog – who knows, we might be able to have everyone eating purple on Sunday June 15!

“This is a family recipe that my grandmother has passed on through each generation and that we enjoy still today at all of our family gatherings. This is definitely one of my favourites.”

INGREDIENTSphoto Whitehorse purple cake
 500ml whipping cream
 2 tsp of natural purple food colouring
 1 tbsp white sugar
 30 savoiardi biscuits
 1/2 can of evaporated milk
 1/2 cup of marsala wine or sweet sherry
 blueberries to decorate


  •  In a large bowl combine the evaporated milk and marsala.
  •  In a mixing bowl whip the cream with the sugar until thick and fluffy.
  •  Remove 1/3 of the whipped cream, set aside in a bowl and add the food colouring to the cream and mix through well.
  •  Dip a biscuit into the marsala mixture and then place into a baking or serving dish. Repeat this process until you have created your first layer of biscuits, you will use about 9 – 10 biscuits per layer.
  •  Top the first layer of biscuits with a thin layer of the uncoloured whipped cream.
  •  Repeat the step above dipping the biscuits into the marsala mixture and then create another layer of biscuits on top of the existing layer.
  •  Continue with the steps above until you have created a cake 3 layers high of biscuits and cream.
  •  Cover the outside of the cake with the purple coloured whipped cream and then top with blueberries to decorate.
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    Seniors Rights and Elder Abuse

    Seniors Rights10Elder abuse generally occurs within a relationship of trust, with the highest proportion caused by sons and daughters.

    Financial abuse most common

    Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) manager Jenny Blakey said that financial abuse was the most common form of abuse reported through the SRV helpline. In acknowledgement of that fact, this year’s annual SRV WEEAD forum, Human Rights are Ageless, will focus on how assets and funds are transferred through generations.

    Men and women can be affected

    Another free forum, Legal Matters for Older Fellas, will provide an opportunity for older men to discuss issues of concern with lawyers and other professionals. read more

    Mature Age Jobseekers on the Rise

    The 2014 Federal Budget included many new initiatives that will affect mature age workers and Seniors. Some have been received well others, others not so well like the proposed increase in the pension age to 70.

    While we can sit around and debate the merit of these programs, what we can be certain of is that something does need to be done to increase the workforce participation rate of mature age workers.

    Broadly speaking, the last 30 years have seen an increase in participation among Australians in their 50s and 60s. However, in more recent times, this growth has plateaued. So what does this tell us? Well, a couple of things.

    Firstly, this indicates that there has been an increase in the number of people in their 50s and 60s who want and are more importantly, able to continue working into their ‘retirement’ years. They are not their parents’ generation and many intend to work beyond what their parents would have.

    Secondly, it tells us there is still an underutilisation of this labour force, with Australia underperforming when compared to other OECD countries, including the UK, USA and New Zealand.

    As a job board specially tailored for mature age workers,, can also vouch for this ‘willingness’ to continue working. We have seen a consistent rise in our database of mature, experienced and knowledgeable jobseekers who are looking for employment opportunities. Currently, we have close to 30,000 registered jobseekers on our site.

    Adage was established to provide a dedicated platform where age could be embraced and celebrated. The fact that a specialised site has resonated with so many older workers also suggests that this talent pool is finding it tough in the traditional job hunt market.

    Unfortunately ageism does exist in our community and within organisations. Negative stereotypes have taken over from businesses realising the true value that exists within this workforce. However, with the 45+ age bracket becoming the fastest growing labour market segment in Australia, employers will simply not be able to sustain their workforce if they continue to ignore this demographic.

    Encouragingly, at Adage, we have seen a recent increase in the number of employer enquiries and advertisements. The proposed budget announcement to reward employers of unemployed jobseekers aged 50+ with a $10k payment incentive has certainly put older workers on the radar. While these cash incentives have had little impact in the past, they do appear to help raise awareness about this very valuable talent pool.

    However, what we need is large corporates and industry groups to take a leadership position and actively promote and recruit mature age workers, not just because it is a necessary thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense.

    Older workers will not only reward employers with loyalty, dedication and increased productivity, the also act as great mentors for younger employees. Up to four generations could now be working within one organization. Employers therefore need to implement strategies encouraging a cohesive working environment – mentoring is one such strategy.

    While connecting mature age workers with age friendly employers is Adage’s number one priority, we also remain committed to educating employers on the benefits of hiring maturity and raising awareness across the community.

    In the end, age is the one thing we all have in common, so it is time that it is embraced rather than ignored.


    Written by

    Heidi Holmes

    Managing Director of, Australia’s leading job board for mature age workers and age friendly employers.

    69 Love Sex Senior

    69 love sex seniorNone of us wants to think about our grandparents “doing it”. We pretend to ourselves that at a certain age, people lose interest in sex. We keep it in the realm of the young – those with firm bodies, unbridled passions and, well… flexibility.

    In 69 Love Sex Senior, filmmaker Menna Laura Meijer not only challenges our denial of older people as sexual beings but also explores their broad variety of sexual and romantic experiences. She shows that sex and love continue into older years in just as many different forms as we see amongst the young. Together with her wonderfully warm and entertaining selection of older people she explores a broad spectrum of experiences and expectations.

    During the course of the film, we meet Atie and Kees, inseparable, in love and still excited by each other after 60 years together. Hans, a bi-sexual man who after a lifetime of promiscuity discovers the joy of love with 50 year old Xander, proclaiming that it has him “blowing trumpets”. Wietske describes the intensity of the love between her and her now senile husband, as she seeks comfort from her boyfriend, a recent widower trying to fill the void left by his wife.  Gerard and Addy, in their early 70’s, reconnect to enjoy the passion they’d momentarily tasted during an experimental partner swap in 1968.

    Every story has its own insights, its own warmth. Although confronting at times (there are sex scenes included), Meijer’s slow, quiet approach to story-telling allows time to breathe in the various snippets of her subjects very personal lives, to absorb them and be warmed by them. It is a slow-paced film but it feels right – it feels like it moves at the pace of those telling their stories.

    For anyone who has ever thought that love was for the young, this is a heartwarming film that will convince you there is plenty of reason to hope for a passionate third age.

    69 Love Sex Senior is showing as part of the Human Rights Film Festival.


    Australian Premiere

    =&0=& Tuesday 20 May, 8:45pm

    =&1=& Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    =&2=& Full $18 | Conc $16 | Group (6+) $14 (group booking via phone only)

    Thoughts on elder abuse

    It’s more than a slap of the cheek

    And a bruise on display

    It’s more than a tear on a wrinkled cheek

    Or a failure to pay

    It’s a fearful look in a watery eye

    A downturned mouth

    And a heartfelt sigh

    Pity those who treat their loved ones

    With disrespect

    We pray they never experience abuse and neglect


    Written by Caroline Granger

    Celebrate living history

    The smile from a senior sharing a story with a university student is what makes me happy.  

    celebrate living history project 2Sometimes we forget to look beyond age and realise there is a person underneath who has a rich history to share.

    I remember doing an interview with a former teacher and she said “Bev, when you get old, you too will become invisible.”

    Maybe because the blinkers have been taken off my eyes I asked “But how I can see you?”

    She told me sometimes she could be physically there, but ignored, people don’t think she is special just a little old lady. read more

    Prevention of financial abuse of people living with dementia

    The World Report on Violence and Health (2002) defines elder abuse as :

    “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to the older person”

    Elder abuse can take many forms including physical psychological emotional sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

    World Health Organisation defines financial abuse as “the illegal or improper exploitation or use of funds or resources of the older person.

    The purpose of this paper is to outline some recommendations as to how the laws in NSW could be modified to provide better protection for an older person who is the subject of financial abuse. This abuse is often perpetrated by someone they know, either family or friends, who may have been appointed their enduring power of attorney.

    Power of Attorney

    An enduring power of attorney appoints a person to manage the older person’s legal affairs on their behalf and continues to have operation when they no longer have capacity. An Enduring power of Attorney gives the attorney authority to manage legal and financial affairs including buying and selling real estate, shares and other assets, operating bank accounts and spending money on the older persons behalf. The attorney has the same powers as the older person to deal with the person’s financial affairs and has a legal obligation to act in their best interests.

    An enduring power of attorney can be specified to commence when a person lacks capacity to manage their financial affairs as determine by a general practitioner in consultation with a geriatrician.

    When an attorney acts outside the scope of the power and the older person lacks capacity, this is theft by the attorney against the older person. An attorney cannot give gifts to themselves or third parties or gain a benefit to themselves, where the older person lacks capacity, unless the gift or benefit is authorised in the power of attorney document.

    Recommendations to Regulate Operation of Enduring Power of Attorney

  • A register for enduring powers of attorney be implemented at the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. In this way solicitors can conduct searches determine who the attorney is for the older person with capacity issues in order to make enquiries about management of their affairs. If the attorney is not fulfilling their responsibilities applications can be lodged for a review of these documents by persons concerned for the welfare of the principal, quickly.
  • If abuse has occurred by the attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney and they have failed to act in the best interest of the older person or outside the scope of the power of attorney, there may be a criminal offence and certainly grounds for civil action. It is suggested that it would assist police if the Power of Attorney Act 2013 set out a list of criminal offences where an attorney breaches their obligations.
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    HOME: An unusual arts project about ageing

    My name is Brienna Macnish and I’m twenty-five. For the past twelve months I have been interviewing older people about their experiences of ageing as part of an arts project called HOME. I’ve heard lots of different stories, some uplifting, some deeply sad and have been struck time and time again by the generosity with which people have shared their stories with me.

    HOME is the result of my interviewing. It is an audio work, experienced by one person at a time inside the home of a stranger.  Individually, audience members walk through a home, exploring and listening to a very personal and moving account of one woman’s experience of the years passing. read more