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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 11, 2019


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a United Nations Day held on 15th June.

Elder Abuse and Neglect is 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 an older person

The United Nations says that the global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. Whilst we may not believe that this could be happening in our neighbourhoods you just need to look at the local press.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/113259065/elder-abuse-epidemic-in-auckland-with-over-600-annual-cases

If you have any concerns about an older adult do not turn a blind eye. This invisible group is highly vulnerable and often exploited, most frequently by their own families. Do not hesitate to contact their GP, call Age Concern or even call the police. Age Concern can offer confidential and discrete advice, support or information email: alisonb@acns.co.nz or phone (09) 929 2309. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Age Concern has many useful resources for our older adults, check out their website for more information.

https://www.ageconcern.org.nz/ACNZPublic/About_Us/Contact_Us/ACNZ_Public/Around_NZ/North_Shore.aspx