Relationships Australia will be hosting the Bundaberg Elder Abuse Awareness Network today to raise awareness this Worldwide Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The annual event aims to globally advocate for older people affected by elder abuse and highlight the ways they can access support.
Elder abuse is any act that harms an older person carried out by someone they trust, like a family member or friend. It can take many forms, including financial, physical and emotional.
Last year, Relationships Australia Queensland reported an increased number of calls from older Queenslanders at risk of, or experiencing, elder abuse.
Relationships and Family Counsellor Val Holden said bringing elder abuse to the forefront of public discussion was crucial to combat the increasing risks facing older people.
“We expect rates of elder abuse will continue to rise as our population ages, so it’s more important than ever to ensure older people know how to seek support if they experience any of the wide range of behaviours that constitute abuse,” Val said.
Today's event in Bundaberg will help older people in the community connect with organisations that help them make decisions that protect their rights and safety, according to Val.
“Social connection provides a protective factor against elder abuse – people who are connected and visible are less vulnerable,” she said.
“If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of elder abuse, it’s important to reach out for support. You are never alone and there are plenty of services to support you.”
The Bundaberg event will be held at River Cruz Café from 2pm.
The meeting will include members of the police, Public Trustee and Aged Care service providers and aims to help seniors to access support for Elder Abuse.
Relationships Australia has a dedicated range of Senior Relationships Services programs designed to support those experiencing elder abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, you can call our counsellors on 1300 063 232 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
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