Wearing purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wearing purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

We recently held a purple-themed morning tea to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and celebrate the positive contribution older people make to our community.

Purple represents dignity and is the symbolic colour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, commemorated on 15 June.

The day is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the harming of older people by those they trust, usually family members. It commonly involves financial abuse perpetrated by an adult child, but may also include physical, sexual, social and emotional violence or mistreatment and neglect.

Our morning tea to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Our morning tea to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Australian Institute of Family Studies says it is likely that up to 14 per cent of older people experience elder abuse in any given year.

Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria, Jenny Blakey, said it was fitting that this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day coincided with the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

‘Elder abuse and mental health are interlinked, with elder abuse having devastating psychological effects on an older person, including depression and anxiety.

‘This, in turn, can lead to social isolation, a significant risk factor for further abuse,’ she said.

Associate Director, Access and Equity, Jon Cina said one of the keys to eradicating the abuse of older people is to make it more visible by acknowledging, reporting and acting upon abuse.

‘It’s vital that we all raise awareness about the exploitation and mistreatment of elderly people by those they trust or depend upon, and educate the community on how to assist those who are suffering,’ said Jon.

More information

Seniors Rights Victoria

World Elder Abuse Day

Call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821

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