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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Elder abuse affects 1 in 6 older people and these rates are set to rise as populations age worldwide...

  • Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
  • Rates of abuse may be higher for older people living in institutions than in the community.
  • Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
  • The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

Financial elder abuse particularly has been an area where financial institutions have been increasing their focus as we look at new ways to prevent and detect financial abuse of vulnerable persons - not only with older people but other vulnerable people too. 

http://www.elderabusehelpline.com.au is a great resource for information for those who care for older Australians as well as for people who may be experiencing elder abuse themselves. If you need advice here is a list of the services available: 

Organisation/web link Description Phone
     
Law Access NSW Provides free telephone legal information, advice and referrals, including your nearest Legal Aid office and Community Legal Centre. 1300 888 529
     
Legal Aid Provides services to disadvantaged people; access to topical information, policies and links, too. Multi-language support for information on legal aid services. 02 9219 5000
     
Senior's Right Service Provides free legal advice and assistance for older people. 02 9281 3600 or 1800 424 079
     
Community Justice Centres A free government service that helps people resolve disputes through mediation. 1800 990 777
     
Financial Rights Legal Service Financial services: consumer credit; banking; debt recovery and insurance. Telephone assistance and financial counselling with legal advice and representation. 1800 007 007
     
NSW Trustee & Guardian Independent and impartial Executor, Administrator, Attorney and Trustee for the people of NSW. Provides direct financial management services and authorisation and direction to private financial managers. 1300 364 103
     
NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal NCAT look after tenancy issues and building works, to decisions on guardianship and administrative review of government decisions. 1300 006 228
     
Centrelink Delivering a range of payments and services for people at times of major change. 13 23 00

 

Enquire Call 02 9859 0585