World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home
Age Concern is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week from 15-22 June 2017 which begins on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017.
Something many people find shocking is that elder abuse often happens within families. Many older people feel ashamed their own flesh and blood are treating them badly and this shame or stigma means people don't always report abuse. This is one of the reasons it stays hidden.
It’s not ok - Age Concern New Zealand needs help stopping elder abuse in our communities. We need your support to speak up and make sure we all play a part protecting our older Kiwis.
Unfortunately Age Concern elder abuse statistics show that:
75% of alleged abusers are family members
50% of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren
50/50 - alleged abusers are as likely to be female as male
Age Concern have an average of eight calls per day about older people suspected of being abused or neglected. In three quarters of these cases, abuse or neglect is confirmed.
We know that's just the tip of the iceberg. But it doesn't have to be this way. The more people understand about elder abuse and what they can do to stop it, the better.
What you can do:
• If you suspect and older person is not being treated well or want to report abuse please visit www.ageconcern.org.nz for the contact details of the nearest Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service.
• You can also show support by donating to Age Concern New Zealand www.ageconcern.org.nz