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WEAAD 2021

Last year, Seniors Rights Victoria initiated our inaugural Purple Tea event called ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ which is our annual WEAAD event to bring people together in conversations on ageing over morning or afternoon tea.  Staff and volunteers connected virtually over a cuppa, whilst wearing purple or with something purple prominent in their Zoom frame to acknowledge WEAAD, such as purple mugs, purple flowers, a purple teddy bear, nail polish, anything purple at all! This event will was shared to social media to promote WEAAD.

For WEAAD 2021, once again due to Covid restrictions, our Stir A Cuppa For Seniors event will be held online on Zoom at 1.30pm on June 15 (click here for more information) and will be livestreaming the event on the COTA Victoria facebook page. To register to attend our Stir A Cuppa For Seniors event on Zoom click here. (There is also a Zoom background you down dowload here.)

We encourage other organisations and members of the community to Stir A Cuppa For Seniors  and host your own Purple Tea, either in person if restrictions permit or online, with staff and volunteers in your organisation, or members of your community group, or friends and family. You can either hold an event to coincide with ours and join us via our livestream, or, why not organise your own event and have a conversation on ageing over a cuppa, whilst wearing purple or incorporating the colour purple into the event to acknowledge WEAAD. Share your photos to social media and help promote and spread awareness of WEAAD.

Get started with our WEAAD Toolkit. Use our sample media release to promote it.

For tips on making them a success see here.

We encourage other organisations and members of the community to ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’  and host your own Purple Tea, either in person or online.

The Law and Planning Ahead for Seniors – East Gippsland

Life presents many different circumstances.

As people age it’s important to ensure that they have planned to cover future circumstances.

The Planning Ahead session presents information in a simple and interactive way on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Medical Decision Maker Appointment and Care Directives.

Proudly brought to you by East Gippsland Shire Council & Seniors Rights Victoria.

Paynesville Service Centre
Wednesday 30 June
10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library
Wednesday 30 June
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Phone 5152 4225 to secure your place.

Elder-abuse Awareness FREE Presentation

Mitchell Shire Council in conjunction with Seniors Rights Victoria are pleased to deliver a FREE presentation to assist community organisations, volunteers, community members and industry professionals to be aware of, and take action against elder-abuse.
Your are invited to come along to our free information session and enjoy entertaining stories and information.

This Elder Abuse Awareness session will cover information on elder abuse, rights of older persons, risks, prevention and the assistance and support available to you through Seniors Right Victoria.

This event is for all ages, community members, community organisations, and aged-care/ allied health students etc.

Bookings are essential. If you would like assistance with your booking, or would prefer to book over the phone, please contact the Community Development Team at Mitchell Shire Council on 5734 6200.

Register at https://elder-abuse-awareness.eventbrite.com.au or call 5734 6248

One older person's hand reaching out to rest upon another older person's clasped hands wearing a wedding ring.

Health and Wellbeing Seminar

June is Elder Abuse Awareness month and the City of Whittlesea’s Positive Ageing team has engaged Seniors Rights Victoria to deliver a seminar on elder abuse prevention.

Anyone is welcome to join. This is a free seminar followed by an optional guided meditation and morning tea.

Wednesday the 16th June at 10.30am – 12.00pm

Jindi Family and Community Centre
48 Breadalbane Avenue, Mernda

For bookings please click on this link: – www.trybooking.com/BQUBN

Join us for Walks Against Elder Abuse and other WEAAD activities on Tuesday 15 June.

HOBART WALK

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.

WHERE: Collins St end of Elizabeth Street Mall.

REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at Mathers House.

 

LAUNCESTON WALK

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.

WHERE: St John St end of Civic Square.

REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at Town Hall.

 

BURNIE WALK

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.

WHERE: Wilmot St footpath outside the Marine Terrace car park, opposite the cinema.

REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, where you are also invited to stay for the Ageing My Way Exhibition.

 

Registrations are essential for all the walks. To register email lynm@cotatas.org.au or phone 6231 3265 by 10 June.

 

If possible, please wear a piece of purple clothing.

 

AGEING MY WAY EXHIBITION

WHEN: 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June 2021

WHERE: Burnie Regional Art Gallery

ADMISSION: Free

Photos and quotes from older Tasmanians to get us talking about what matters to us.

 

FREE ONLINE FORUM

“DRIVING LONG-TERM CHANGE: AUSTRALIA’S RESPONSE TO ELDER ABUSE”

WHEN: 3-4.30pm, Tuesday 15 June 2021

WHERE: Your place

WHAT: This forum will discuss what Australia has achieved and what more must be done to end elder abuse since the Australian Law Reform Commission’s “Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response” report was released in June 2017, and the release of the Commonwealth’s “National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023” in March 2019. The webinar is the second in the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. These important conversations will continue in the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference in Hobart in February next year.  You can register for the webinar at https://nectarcc.eventsair.com/neac2022/forum-2

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE NATIONAL ELDER ABUSE CONFERENCE 2022 IN HOBART?

The 7th National Elder Abuse Conference will be held at the Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart, on 14-15 February 2022. Hosted by COTA Tasmania and Elder Abuse Action Australia, it will draw a wide audience of local and national delegates. If your business or organisation is interested in sponsoring this event, please email admin@cotatas.org.au or phone 6231 3265 for a prospectus listing the wide range of options and benefits.

 

BlueCross Riverlea’s Special Afternoon Tea – Stir A Cuppa For Seniors

BlueCross Riverlea Aged Care Facility will be offering a special afternoon tea on June 15th for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with purple cupcakes and other afternoon tea treats.

Residents will wear purple and will be making purple ribbons to wear on the day and for staff as well.

When: Wednesday the 15th of June at 2.30 pm in the Main Dining Room.

Cost: We will ask for a coin donation.

Who can attend: At present this event is just for the Facility due to Covid19. However, if out of lockdown, families will be able to attend also.

Stir A Cuppa For Seniors – Online Purple Tea

You’re invited to join us online at our 2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event

‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ – Online Purple Tea

Tuesday 15th June from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Zoom.

You can also watch the livestream on COTA Victoria’s Facebook.

Wear something purple and join us on Zoom for a Conversation on Ageing facilitated by Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention with a small discussion panel of seniors and a young person from lively.org.au

Due to COVID restrictions, this is an online-only event.

Please register by 11am on Tuesday 15 June.

Register For The Event Here

Dress code: Add a touch of purple to your attire, or download the WEAAD Zoom background.

#WEAAD

 

Stir A Cuppa For Seniors – Conversations on Ageing

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021

As many of you know, last year, Seniors Rights Victoria initiated our inaugural Purple Tea event called ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ which is our annual WEAAD event to bring people together in conversations on ageing over over a cuppa, whilst wearing something purple to acknowledge WEAAD. Other organisations held Stir A Cuppa For Seniors events of their own which were shared to social media to promote WEAAD.

This year, due to the current Covid19 restrictions, our WEAAD 2021 ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ event will again be held entirely online on Zoom.

We invite you to join us on Zoom on June 15 at 1.30pm -3.30pm for a Conversation on Ageing facilitated by Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, with a small discussion panel of seniors and a young person from lively.org.au

Conversations on Ageing

Due to the recent release of the Full Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety and the experiences of older people during the COVID restrictions, ageing and ageism have become a focus of attention in Australia.

Ageism is the main driver of elder abuse. Ageism:

  • stereotypes older people as physically frail and losing capacity;
  • discriminates against older people; in Australia the starkest example of this is in employment, however there are clearly other examples that have been evidenced in the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety;
  • ignores the rights of older people by not including them in decision-making.

Understanding ageism through the experiences of ageing is one part of the equation. Also, there are ways in which ageism can be challenged and counteracted through campaigns, discourse and highlighting that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to ageing.

Join us for our Conversation on Ageing for WEAAD 2021 for a discussion on challenging internalised ageism; exploring ways in which externally generated ageism can be counteracted; and increasing awareness of how ageism is the main driver of elder abuse.

We will be livestreaming the event on the COTA Victoria facebook page.  Please join us on Zoom and wear something purple or have something purple with you such as purple mugs, purple flowers, a purple teddy bear, nail polish, anything purple at all! (There is also a Zoom background you down dowload here.) To register click here.

We would love to see you there, and if you can’t make it, we do encourage members of the community as well as other organisations to Stir A Cuppa For Seniors  and host your own Purple Tea, either in person if restrictions permit or online, with or members of your community group, or staff and volunteers in your organisation, or friends and family. You can find out how here.

 

In addition, John Chesterman, Acting Victorian Public Advocate will be launching Seniors Rights Victoria’s new video series, ‘Planning Ahead’.

In 2018 Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) and Dementia Australia (DA) received funding, as part of the Victorian Government’s Integrated Services Fund, to work in partnership to deliver information for people with dementia and their carers. The information supports people to protect their rights and wishes, in order to safeguard them from future distress and potential elder abuse.

In early 2021, as part of the project, informative videos were made and are now available on SRV’s new website.

Planning Ahead video series

  • Why plan for the future? 

The importance of planning ahead, to give you and those close to you peace of mind about the future.

  • Having conversations 

Find ways to have this difficult conversation and keep a clear record of what you want.

  • Capacity to make decisions 

What it means to have the capacity to make decisions and how the law can ensure you get to make decisions for yourself whenever you have the capacity.

  • What decisions can my attorney make?

What sort of decisions your appointed attorney can make and your rights if you are unhappy with the decisions they are making.

  • Obligations of an attorney 

Some of the key things you need to know and discuss with the person asking you to be their attorney.

 

Links:

Further information on Stir A Cuppa For Seniors: click here for more information

Registration:  To register to attend our Stir A Cuppa For Seniors event on Zoom click here.

COTA Victoria Facebook: View the livestream of the event on the COTA Victoria’s facebook page.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day website:  https://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/

Ideas for events including holding your own Stir A Cuppa For Seniors: https://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/event-ideas/

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

A strong, supportive and understanding community promotes a safe and welcoming life for all. Come along to show your support and hear from local support organisations including:

• Justice Connect
• Collingwood police
• Elder Rights Advocacy

Plus, a Q&A session with all speakers.

Learn about what elder abuse is, what we can do to respond and prevent it, and how we can advocate for the rights of older people.

And have some fun:
Group activities including exercise with coHealth instructor, giveaways, photo booth, refreshments and afternoon tea.

Tuesday 15th June, 1.30pm – 4.00pm (doors open at 1.15pm)

Collingwood Town Hall
140 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford, VIC 3067

To RSVP please call Yen Kim on 9448 6234 or Cheryle Gray on 0431 756 055.

Seminars in Ageing

Zoom event.

Regular Tuesday seminars brought to you by: National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), and the Academic Unit for the Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA), University of Melbourne.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Presenters: A/Prof Bianca Brijnath, Dr Josefine Antoniades, Peter Feldman, and Dr Kate O’Halloran

Abstract: To mark, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th of June, NARI is hosting a webinar to showcase some our research and resources specifically focused on elder abuse. We will discuss:

  • Seven years of data from an elder abuse helpline in Victoria (presented by Peter Feldman).
  • The co-design and pilot of the Australian Elder Abuse Screening Instrument (AuSI) (presented by A/Prof Bianca Brijnath),
  • Developing films to highlight best-practice responses for elder abuse in the context of dementia (presented by Dr Jo Antoniades), and
  • The primary prevention of family violence among older people living in Victoria (presented by Dr Kate O’Halloran).

The talk will include a discussion of the co-design methods employed to develop materials, some of the challenges faced when working with highly sensitive subject matter and strategies employed to overcome these.

Speaker biography: Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath is the Divisional Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health and care in primary care and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, and mental health and the life-course. She has authored over 90 publications, including a sole-authored book with Berghahn Books titled “Unforgotten: Love and the culture of dementia care in India” and is the lead investigator for the Moving Pictures study in Australia. In recognition of her research, she was awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2018.

Dr Josefine Antoniades is a Research Fellow at NARI in the Division of Social Gerontology. She was awarded her PhD in 2017 from the Department of General Practice at Monash University and disciplinary expertise is at the nexus of psychology, public health and primary care. Framed by these disciplinary boundaries, her research interests include dementia, mental health and health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Peter Feldman is a Research Fellow in Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute. His disciplinary training is in social anthropology, program evaluation and public health. He has worked extensively in evaluation of small, medium and large-scale programs in health, education and community services over the past 15 years in academic, government, commercial and not-for-profit environments. From 2007 to 2020 he taught evaluation and research methods in the Master of Public Health program at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Kate O’Halloran is a Research Fellow (Mental Health) in Social Gerontology. She leads the elder abuse portfolio at NARI, and is currently project managing two projects: one on the primary prevention of intergenerational elder abuse, and another on elder abuse in the context of disaster (including COVID-19). She is also a member of the Senior Rights Victoria elder abuse roundtable, and the Compass content committee. She has a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies and has worked extensively in the family violence and media sectors prior to returning to academia. She is also proud of the time she spent time caring for her grandma with Lewy body dementia.

Register here to attend webinar

Art Therapy Painting Workshop For Seniors

City of Whittlesea is holding an art therapy painting workshop for seniors. In this workshop you will enjoy creating art in a friendly, safe and social environment, as we acknowledge World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Creating art is an effective way to stimulate creative thinking and practice mindfulness. Art has many benefits including improving self-worth and overall wellbeing.

The event welcomes people aged 55 and above and booking is essential.

Tuesday 15th June 2021 from 10.00am – 11.30am

Barry Road Community Activity Centre
36 Barry Road, Thomastown

Bookings – phone 9407 5913 or email Leap@whittlesea.vic.gov.au