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Know your rights: Free 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary from NSW Legal Aid

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MAKE A DATE: NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman launched the new 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary which has information about how to identify elder abuse and where to get help.

MAKE A DATE: NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman launched the new 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary which has information about how to identify elder abuse and where to get help.

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Make a note: Free legal diary for older NSW residents

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SCAMS, elder abuse, funerals and pensions are all covered in a free diary aimed at keeping seniors informed of their legal rights.

Legal Aid NSW has launched its free 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary to help seniors understand their rights under the law and plan the year ahead. 

The diary is full of useful tips to help older Australians protect their rights and to keep safe, said NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman.

“Elder abuse is everybody’s business. All older Australians have a right to expect safe, dignified treatment,” said Mr Speakman.

“That’s why this year’s diary contains important information about how to identify elder abuse, and information about where to get help.

NSW Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said in response to overwhelming demand, this year the number of diaries printed would increase by 25,000 copies to 80,000.

“As well as helping older people plan their year, the publication provides a wealth of tips, helpful contacts and information on government services, including how to access many of the Government’s cost of living initiatives,” Mrs Davies said.

Legal issues for Aboriginal seniors

This year’s diary includes a chapter on legal issues that are important for older Aboriginal people, like planning for funerals and sorry business, and using a will as a way of passing on cultural knowledge.

Dr Lynette Riley, a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree and a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, recommended the diary for the key information it provides for elders in the community.

“We still have much to give, but we also may need a little help in keeping our heads up, so we can continue the invaluable support we still have to offer our communities,” Dr Riley said.

The Legal Aid NSW Diary is available from Legal Aid offices, local MPs, libraries and community organisations.

To find your nearest Legal Aid office click HERE or phone 1300 888 529.

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