Queenslanders are urged to stand together and support seniors this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Wednesday 15 June 2022).
Minister for Seniors Craig Crawford said elder abuse is never acceptable.
“Older Queenslanders are owed a debt of gratitude for the wonderful legacy they’ve given us in our great state,’’ Mr Crawford said. “We all have a duty of care to ensure seniors are supported to enjoy happy, healthy and active lives.
“Sadly, many instances of elder abuse occur within family relationships, or it is someone they know and trust. Through our collective effort, we can help older Queenslanders to be safe and free from abuse, so they can live with respect and dignity.’’
It is estimated that one in six older Australians experience some form of elder abuse. It can be emotional, financial, physical or sexual. It can also result from neglect.
“Seniors have been crucial to building Queensland’s strong and robust economy,’’ said Member for Cooper Jonty Bush, who launched the 2022 Elder Abuse Prevention campaign in Brisbane today.
“However, ageing can also present vulnerabilities,’’ she said. “Older people should feel safe in their homes and their communities, connected to the services that can help them and be economically and financially secure.”
This World Elder Abuse Awareness Day saw a day of community activities on the Queen Street Mall stage, with tai chi, dancing, singing, and Q&A sessions with service providers to learn about elder abuse, legal protections, and the rights of older people.
Caxton Legal Centre CEO Cybele Koning said she hoped the event encouraged the community to come together and learn about this important issue.
“Whether we are nine or 90, we all deserve to be safe, equal and respected. To prevent elder abuse from happening, we must understand how it works, and the underlying attitudes, structures and beliefs that drive it,” Ms Koning said.
“We hope anyone who came along to the event leaves a bit wiser about elder abuse and where to seek help if they’re concerned.”
For confidential advice, support and referrals, call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192.
Visit www.qld.gov.au/stopelderabuse for more information about elder abuse prevention and services.