World Elder Abuse Awareness Day calls for prevention against the mistreatment and harm towards older people.
Peninsula Health consumer representative, Dinka Jokovac, has joined the fight against elder abuse, understanding the importance of ensuring older people are respected and included within our community.
“I think we’ve lost basic communication and respect towards older people, and it’s sad. It’s sad for everybody involved,” Ms Jokovac said.
“Most elder abuse occurs behind closed doors, so it is important for loved ones to watch out for signs, listen and offer help.”
The warning signs of elder abuse may include an older person seeming fearful, anxious or isolated. There may be injuries, or an absence of personal care.
This World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we encourage all members of the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula community to strive towards a society free from ageism and age-based inequality.
Let’s celebrate our older people – because elder abuse is everyone’s business.