World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th 2022, marks the annual recognition and awareness day for those at risk of or experiencing elder abuse.

Elder abuse is defined as 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). Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment or neglect.

While most family members/friends provide exceptional support to their loved ones as they age; elder abuse is still a global social issue affecting the health, well-being, independence and human rights of many older people around the world.

Signs to look out for:

  • Feeling pressured or bullied into things,
  • Being threatened,
  • Being refused access to grandchildren or other loved ones,
  • Feeling fearful or helpless,
  • Not receiving basic care such as food, medicine, warmth, housing or dental care,
  • Someone is receiving a Carers’ Allowance however not providing the care required,
  • A family member/friend has moved into the home without consent or contributing to household costs,
  • Being physically or sexually abused/assaulted,
  • A family member/friend is withholding back cards or accessing bank accounts without consent.

When an Enduring Power of Attorney/family legal representative takes advantage of their authority/responsibilities; this is also considered elder abuse.

Where to get help?

If you or a loved one are concerned you may be experiencing elder abuse/neglect the QLD Elder Abuse Prevention Unit offer free assistance with support, referrals and information.

They can be contacted on 1300 651 192 and calls can be anonymous.

While World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important day to raise awareness and educate people on elder abuse, it can happen any time/day therefor important for you to seek information and support should you have any concerns.

If you would like to speak with an aged care expert or Case Manager at Burnie Brae about elder abuse, please contact us on (07) 3624 2121 today.

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