World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15 June 2019
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, Abuse of the Older Person. The Aboriginal communities and culture, WACHS uses the terminology abuse of the older person as opposed to elder abuse out of consideration for Aboriginal communities and culture.
Abuse of the Older Person is global and includes physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and also neglect. In Western Australia abuse affects 1 in 20 older people, and will likely continue to increase if nothing is done.
WEAAD is about everyone working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. Raising awareness is a fundamental prevention strategy that involves not only teaching new information but also helping to change attitudes and behaviour.
WACHS has partnered with WA Primary Health Alliance to develop online training modules to help staff recognise, prevent and respond to abuse of older people. On completion, these modules will also be available to aged care service providers nationally.
The WACHS identifying, Preventing and Responding to Abuse of the Older Person policy is currently under review. The policy, combined with the development of a suite of fact sheets for all WACHS staff, will be made available on the Aged Care intranet webpage Abuse of the Older Person
This Friday 14 June, WACHS will be promoting Abuse of the Older Person Awareness Day.
Recognising and preventing abuse of older Australians is everybody’s business; what will you do to help raise awareness?
So think purple, dress purple and display purple!