Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP taking a stand outside of hospital for elderly and vulnerable people in the Cootamundra Electorate as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP taking a stand for elderly and vulnerable people in the Cootamundra Electorate as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

Residents in the Cootamundra Electorate are being encouraged to show their support for some of the most vulnerable people on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP said everyone deserves to live in safety and free from threats or violence.

“Elder abuse is often a hidden problem and the threat of COVID-19 means many seniors are isolated from their usual social and support networks,” Ms Cooke said.

“I would like all older people in the Cootamundra Electorate to know, it is not OK to be told how to spend their money even by someone they know and even trust. It is not OK to have their movements restricted by people in their lives. Seniors have the right to make their own decisions about how they live.”

Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said anyone with reasonable grounds to believe an older person is at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation in the community can contact the Ageing and Disability Commission (ADC).

“We all play a part in looking after seniors in our community and that starts with calling out acts of intimidation and violence,” Mr Lee said.

“The ADC can investigate allegations of abuse and provide information and support to vulnerable adults and their relatives.”

Since being established on 1 July 2019 the ADC has received more than 1700 reports and enquiries relating to older people.

Psychological harm was the most common form of alleged abuse reported to the ADC in relation to older people, with 751 cases reported to the ADC between 1 July 2019 and 30 April 2020. This was followed by financial abuse (682 cases), neglect (393 cases) and physical abuse (210 cases).

Contact the Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221 or nswadc@adc.nsw.gov.au. In an emergency call 000.