World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is ‪15th June 2019‬

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend.

The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

Better Place Australia has a Respecting Elders Program that supports older people with:

• Unusual or inappropriate financial activities like money being inexplicably withdrawn from their bank account

• The use of a power of attorney for purposes other than which it was intended

• Frequent and/or expensive gifts from an older person to their carer

• Belongings going missing

• A recent will or power of attorney has been made when the older person doesn’t seem capable of understanding or making such documents

• Irregular signatures on cheques

• Someone using undue influence over an older person

• The older person’s wishes not respected or ignored

• Being prevented from seeing friends and family

• Social isolation

• Increasing depression and anxiety

• Mistreatment or neglect

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