Positive Ageing - Elder abuse is not acceptable

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Positive Ageing - Elder abuse is not acceptable

Elder abuse has devastating effects and our seniors must be able to get help if they need it, confidentially and safely. Up to 70,000 seniors will experience some form of elder abuse this year.

The government has set up a new Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) – a free and confidential telephone helpline for anyone wanting confidential advice.

Contact EARS: 0800 32 668 65. The help-line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Registered nurses will take the calls, to listen and advise anyone who needs information or support about elder abuse.

Age Concern Marlborough has a fieldworker in Marlborough who can provide support.
Contact Age Concern: 25 Alfred Street, Ph: 03 579 3457 between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, Monday to Friday. A community support worker is available outside hours by emailing ageconble@xtra.co.nz

Council has just granted Age Concern Marlborough $12,000 a year for the next three years to run a local programme to combat elder abuse.

Elder abuse statistics suggest abuse is most likely to be from a family member, very often adult children or grandchildren. Abuse may be:

  • Unauthorised taking of money or possessions
  • Misuse of power of attorney
  • Failure to repay loans
  • Use of home and/or utilities without contributing to costs
  • Lottery and romance scams
  • Neglect, lack of respect or inflexibility in rest home care.

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