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Elder Abuse: Spot the Signs

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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.

“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.”

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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.

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Elder Abuse - Trust your gut  8 June 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2022 is on the 15th of June. We still need your help and support to change the shameful statistics of Elder Abuse in Aotearoa.

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This campaign started on 16 May 2014 and ended on 31 Dec 2022.