SPONSORED ARTICLE: Together making change to end elder abuse

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

Elder abuse takes many forms.

Recently there have been reports of “elder abuse” - the abuse and neglect of older people. While some stories revealed shocking problems in retirement villages and aged care, statistically this abuse is most often perpetrated by family or someone trusted by the older person. It is this private nature of elder abuse that makes it difficult to know how often and to whom it is happening.

The abuse of older people occurs in all cultures and across all levels of society. The World Health Organisation estimates 1 in 6 older people have experienced abuse in the past year. In Australia it is estimated to affect at least 1 in 20 people, but with little to no research to-date the true extent of the problem is unknown.

Elder abuse takes many forms including financial, psychological, neglect, and physical. The financial exploitation of seniors is the most common type of abuse reported to organisations that assist older people. It ranges from seemingly trivial matters such as the theft of small amounts of money, to an older person being coerced into gifting large amounts of money or selling their home.

In February 2018 Seniors Rights Service hosts the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference. Over 400 people will come together to exchange ideas and solutions to elder abuse. Sessions are in themes including legal, health, social and policy with an understanding that elder abuse is both systemic and personal.

The Conference has attracted many high-level speakers including Anna Bligh AC, CEO Australian Bankers Association; HON Ken Wyatt AM MP, Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care; Jane Caro Social Commentator; HON Michael Kirby, AC CMG Retired judge of High Court of Australia; with M.C. Virginia Trioli.

Register now to confirm your place at 5th National Elder Abuse Conference Together Making Change:

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