What is elder abuse?
Actions causing harm to an older person from someone they know or trust is elder abuse. It can include:
- taking their money or possessions
- not providing necessary care
- making threats or stopping an older person’s from contacting others socially
- physical or sexual abuse.
Anyone experiencing elder abuse may:
- act fearfully or withdraw
- show signs of stress, anxiety or depression
- show signs of bruising or other physical injuries
- not have the ability to pay their bills and expenses.
Elder abuse often occurs within close relationships and is a form of family violence. It’s unacceptable and we need to call it out.
How we can stop elder abuse
There’s several actions we can take to stop elder abuse and includes:
- staying connected in the community
- seeking independent advice
- developing a support network of trusted friends and professionals
- seeking help.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing elder abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Learn more about how we’re tackling ageism in Manningham.