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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2022, new prevention projects, recent research

June 17, 2022 at 4:01 PM

From the NZFVC 

The government has announced new elder abuse prevention projects. In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness day, we have collated recent research and resources on Kaumātua wellbeing, ageing and rights of older people, and elder abuse. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place every year on 15 June. 

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Minister for Seniors Dr Ayesha Verrall announced 11 new elder abuse prevention projects funded through the Elder Abuse Prevention Fund totalling $250,000. This is in addition to the $6.3 million for new prevention initiatives for older people announced in Budget 2022. See the list of new projects at Te Kari Kaumātua | Officer for Seniors. 

During the week 15 - 22 June, Age Concern New Zealand raises awareness of elder abuse. Statistics from Age Concern NZ services show that 84% of alleged abusers are family members, and 58% of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren. This year, Age Concern's campaign is focused on "What to do when you suspect elder abuse? Trust your gut!" Chief Executive at Age Concern New Zealand Karen Billings-Jensen said "Talking to someone early on is a game-changer. If we all acted on the inkling we have, when something seems a bit off, older people’s lives and dignity would be saved." 

For questions or help, contact the Elder Abuse Response service on 0800 32 668 65, text 5032 or email, or contact Age Concern at 0800 65 2 105 or contact your local Age Concern to see what services are available in your area. Activities and events from local Age Concerns are taking place for Elder Abuse Awareness week around New Zealand. 

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