Age Concern New Zealand Media Release.
Age Concern New Zealand is backing a new Elder Abuse Response Service being launched on 1 July 2017 by the Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Office for Seniors.
“We fully support the increased investment in a new Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) to cover the whole of New Zealand,” says Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive Age Concern New Zealand.
“It is critical that we help older New Zealanders live a life free from harm.”
Age Concern New Zealand are leaders in Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention and know the need will only increase as our older population grows and as we all age.
“It’s not acceptable to have old older population living in fear and Age Concerns are here to help in communities across New Zealand.”
It is estimated that in New Zealand 70,000 people over 65 are abused each year and that Age Concern New Zealand statistics show that 75% of alleged abusers are family members.
Stephanie says “All of our Age Concern members are pivotal in helping older people live safe lives. We are in communities among older people every day – we know how to spot signs of abuse or neglect and how to support people through such a difficult and shocking experience.”
Age Concerns provides support and aftercare through social connection programmes that are vital to the recovery and rebuilding of self-esteem of those who have suffered abuse, lost trust or become isolated.
“We know that we are well positioned to offer these vital services and able to link with other agencies to help any older person who has suffered abuse to lead a better and safer later life.”
You can contact your local Age Concern to find out more about our programmes www.ageconcern.org.nz
The Office for Seniors will take over the Elder Abuse prevention and education role from Age Concern New Zealand on 1 July 2017 with the launch of a free and confidential 24/7 help-line, 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK).