Everyone has a right to feel safe and be treated with dignity and respect in their own home and community.
Unfortunately not all elderly people are treated with the respect they deserve – but you can help.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) is an opportunity to voice our opposition to the abuse of older people, which can occur by their families, partners or someone in their community.
Community members are invited to join a free virtual seminar on Monday to hear from an expert panel of health, council, police and seniors services to identify and prevent abuse occurring to our most vulnerable community members.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) multicultural access project officer Sora Machida said it’s important to talk and raise awareness of this serious issue.
“The panel of professionals can answer your questions and explain why this behaviour is occurring in our communities and homes,” Sora said.
“We focus on how the abuse starts and other social factors that can influence this behaviour including dementia, limited access to transport, isolation, financial concerns and language barriers.”
The Blacktown City Elder Abuse Prevention Collaborative is committed to addressing this scourge, bringing together Blacktown City Council, the WSLHD Dementia Advisory Service, Integrated and Community Health Chronic and Complex, Integrated Violence Prevention & Response Service, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals and Multicultural Health Service Multicultural Access Project.
The collaborative group is working with the Ageing and Disability Commission to reach the same goal to stop abuse in our communities.
Join the interactive conversation on World Elder Awareness Day via Zoom or live stream on YouTube.
When: Monday 15 June, 2020
Time: 10am – 11:15am
Please register here.
For further information on how to protect our vulnerable community members, click here.