Age Concern is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week with a new online quiz to help everyone understand the enormity of this appalling issue
facing older Kiwis.
“Age concerns everyone and we want everyone to take our new online elder abuse quiz, says Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive of Age Concern New Zealand. “Some of the quiz answers may be a surprise about who are the worst perpetrators of elder abuse, says Stephanie. “Too often we see family members taking advantage of their older relatives and it needs to stop. We need to stop hiding this abuse and all take responsibility to change the way we treat and care for older Kiwis.”
What is shocking is that Age Concern elder abuse statistics show that:
78% of cases include psychological abuse
49% of cases involve financial abuse
80% of alleged abusers are family members
54% of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren
Alleged abusers are almost as likely to be female as male.
“Older people need to be valued for their contribution and respected to make decisions that are best for them”.
Age Concern is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week from 15-22 June 2019 which begins on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June
Stephanie says “Let’s not keep it hidden. Let’s make sure that anyone who has concerns for an older person knows they can contact their local Age Concern and discuss it in
confidence and free of charge.
“We will listen to people’s concerns, offer to assess the situation, respect the wishes of the older person affected and always make sure the safety and wellbeing of the older person is the main consideration.
“What that means in reality is working together with an aim to resolve concerns cooperatively. We aim to find ways to support older people to live safely, make their own
decisions and be respected” says Stephanie.
Take the Quiz at www.ageconcern.org.nz
If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, and someone’s safety is at risk please call the emergency services on 111.