Help put a stop to abuse of older people

NSW communities are being encouraged to show their support today for some of the most vulnerable people on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said everyone deserves to live in safety and free from threats or violence.

“We all play a part in looking after seniors in our community and that starts with calling out acts of intimidation and violence,” Mr Lee said.

“Elder abuse is often a hidden problem and anyone with grounds to believe an older person is at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation should immediately contact the Ageing and Disability Commission (ADC).”

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, AM said too many older people are at serious risk of abuse and harm, even within their own family, home or community.

“As a society we must work together to end the abuse of older people by remaining engaged with them, valuing what they contribute to our lives and taking action if something does not seem quite right,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

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