Elder Abuse: Spot the Signs

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Please make a donation during World Elder Abuse Awareness Week to go towards our life changing services for older people

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As June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Age Concern New Zealand urges everyone to spot and address the pervasive issue of Elder Abuse, which is often concealed behind closed doors. This year we will be raising awareness about the warning signs of elder abuse, and the help that Age Concern offers.

“Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

Karen Billings-Jensen, Chief Executive of Age Concern New Zealand, emphasises the urgency of this issue: "We see examples of Elder Abuse every day across our Age Concern network. I know people are spotting signs in their families and communities too, but might not be sure it is Elder Abuse, or know what to do help."

In light of these alarming realities, Age Concern New Zealand calls upon all of us to speak out against Elder Abuse. "If you have a gut feeling something is not right or just an inkling someone is being abused, we want you to talk to us," urges Billings-Jensen. The signs you might spot include:

• Injuries such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones

• Malnourishment or weight loss

• Poor hygiene

• Symptoms of anxiety, depression, or confusion

• Unexplained transactions or loss of money

• Withdrawal from family members or friends

Age Concern are here to help - Our people are here to help.

Our expert staff offer a free and confidential Elder Abuse Response Service or can put you in touch with your nearest one.

Call your nearest Age Concern on 0800 65 2 105. You can also call the government helpline EA IS NOT OK.”

we need your donations to continue this important work. Thank you for your support.

About us

We make a difference to the lives of older New Zealanders through respect and empowerment.

We help combat severe loneliness through our Accredited Visiting Service and we stop older people being abused and neglected through our Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service. We also keep our older Kiwis happy and healthy with our Health Promotion programmes.

We work hard to make sure that every older person feels valued, respected, socially connected and safe.

Use of funds

Your donation will ensure we can support our Elder Abuse and Neglect Professional Educator, Hanny Naus, to provide education about elder abuse throughout the entire year. Your donation will also ensure Age Concern New Zealand can continue to coordinate vital services which support our older population to live greater later lives.

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This campaign started on 16 May 2024 and ends on 16 May 2025.