Be alert to elder abuse

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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Elder abuse is a tragic reality in our society, and Anglicare Tasmania encourages everyone to play their part in preventing it and seeking support when it occurs.

Elder abuse is defined by the World Health Organisation as “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”.

Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, financial, social or spiritual, or it can result from neglect.

Older people may be particularly vulnerable to abuse if they are socially isolated as a result of the COVID- 19 pandemic.

If you are experiencing elder abuse, or know someone who is, please contact the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169.  The Helpline operates between 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., from Monday to Friday.  It is a free, confidential and statewide service.

Anglicare’s team of friendly Home Care staff continues to support older Tasmanians during the coronavirus situation. Please contact us on 1800 466 300 if you would like to learn more about our services.

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