Elder abuse a real issue in South Canterbury, organisations say

By June 16, 2017 Recent News

Timaru Herald 15 June 2017
The number of vulnerable elderly people being taken advantage of is rising in South Canterbury, it has been claimed.
Thursday marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to start conversations about the vulnerability of the elderly.
Family Works elder protection service co-ordinator Geeta Muralidharan believed elder abuse was a growing issue in South Canterbury.
There was a substantial aging population in South Canterbury, and elder abuse was an issue people need to be aware of, and be able to talk about, she said.
Since July 2016, there had been 68 referrals to Family Works about elder abuse, she said. In the full year from July 2015-2016 there had been 81.
“People, they do exploit the elderly, in South Canterbury elderly are especially vulnerable, just like when we talk about vulnerable children, it’s just as significant”, Muralidharan said.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/93578228/elder-abuse-a-real-issue-in-south-canterbury-organisations-say
Increasing number of elderly suffering abuse in Nelson
Nelson Mail 14 June 2017
Hundreds of elderly people in the Nelson region are suffering abuse and neglect each year, and the alleged abusers are often those closest to them.
Age Concern Nelson Tasman manager Sue Tilby said the organisation supported elderly people who suffered financial, psychological and physical abuse or neglect on a weekly basis.
“We see a lot of abuse, at least three or four cases a week, most of it is financial abuse and most of it is at the hands of family members.”
Nationally, Age Concern received more than 2000 referrals of elder abuse each year and offered free, confidential elder abuse and neglect prevention services.
Elder Abuse Week is held from June 15 to 22 and Tilby said it was important to highlight the issue in a positive light so people could discuss abuse in a safe environment.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/93682073/Increasing-number-of-elderly-suffering-abuse-in-Nelson
Public urged to speak out against elder abuse
Wanganui Chronicle 13 June 2017
Age Concern is asking Whanganui people to speak up about elder abuse.

The organisation says it is raising awareness of the issue during an awareness week which begins on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017.

Elder abuse often happens within families. Age Concern elder abuse statistics show that:

+ 75% of alleged abusers are family members
+ 50% of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren
+ Alleged abusers are as likely to be female as male

Age Concern New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephanie Clare, says that the shame or stigma often means people don’t always report abuse happening within their family.
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11874584
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