Category Archives: Elder Abuse

Information and insights on elder abuse

No excuse for elder abuse

MEDIA RELEASE

May 16 2018

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, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. read more

Community Rallies to Stop Elder Abuse

On 15 June 2017, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stood together as a community in saying “we can stop elder abuse”.

Seniors Rights Victoria and the Office of Public Advocate hosted a booked-out forum at Melbourne Town Hall, at which the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, launched (via video link) the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response’. We welcomed the release of the Report and commend the Australian Government on recognising the need for this Inquiry, which will provide a strong foundation for future action. 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. read more

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

Gerard Mansour – Commissioner for Senior Victorians

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Photo by Simon O’Dwyer, The Age. This video is from the Commissioner’s Blog.

More information about the Commissioner for Senior Victorians is also available on Seniors Online. If you would like to contact the Commissioner about a social participation issue, please email commissioner.for.seniorvics@health.vic.gov.au.

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

Ageism & dementia-ism: a fearsome duo!

My new word is “dementia-ism”. It often goes hand in hand with ageism (already rife in our society) and when combined, they can have disastrous consequences for an older person.

As an elder abuse advocate, I have seen first hand the all too tragic results of this combination. Sometimes, it’s the patronising way a worker communicates with an older person, sometimes its blatant discrimination by agencies and institutions, and sometimes its much, much worse……

Let me tell you about Arthur (or “dad” as we shall also call him)……. read more