With polling suggesting that anywhere between 45,000 and 80,000 older people in Wales are experiencing some form of abuse, Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar is calling on his constituents to look out and respond to signs of abuse among elderly family, neighbours and friends.
With last Saturday (June 15th) being World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, along with Action on Elder Abuse, Darren is urging everyone to raise awareness and recognise the seriousness of elder abuse in all of its forms.
Darren, who earlier this year put forward a Bill that would protect and promote the rights of Older People, said:
“With a growing global population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and thus prevent it whenever and wherever possible.
“Elder abuse is global and comes in many forms including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and also neglect. Elderly people are human and deserve the same dignity and respect as people of all other age groups.
“Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and to being unable to defend themselves and get help as fear and infirmity can be major barriers to seeking and getting help, and sometimes spotting and challenging abuse in the elderly isn’t easy, some are isolated having outlived family and friends, and some are abused in institutions where abuse is not spotted or is covered up, and in some cases the elderly are not given priority by authorities in abuse matters.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about what older people are experiencing and how we can work together to support people and prevent abuse.”
Call Action on Elder Abuse Cymru today for impartial advice and support on 080 8808 8141.