Yesterday, Monday June 15, was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day to celebrate, empower and inform older people as a way of preventing elder abuse. This year, COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria meant that many events moved online.
Over Zoom, Seniors Rights Victoria hosted a ‘Stir a Cuppa for Seniors’ afternoon tea, with over 40 people bringing out their purple accessories and joining a lively discussion about older people’s rights. The Stir a Cuppa for Seniors campaign wasn’t just limited to Victoria – people around the world joined in, sharing pictures of their purple-themed morning teas across social media. Seniors Rights Victoria also joined forces with the Department of Health and Human Services, facilitating a panel-based webinar for professionals on the need to address elder abuse during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Warm Safe Home Project, an initiative of the South West Victoria Elder Abuse Prevention Network, also took off. Participants were sent cardboard houses to decorate with messages about what it means to feel safe at home; the love and comfort of their grandparents’ house; and celebrations of older people. Visit the Facebook page to see some of the works of art people have created.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, contact Seniors Rights Victoria. Call their helpline on 1300 368 821, or visit the Senior Rights Victoria website. There’s no excuse for elder abuse.