Sup­port vul­ner­a­ble el­ders

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing all Ki­wis to sup­port World El­der Abuse Aware­ness Day on Satur­day.

El­derly peo­ple are much more vul­ner­a­ble than many be­lieve, men­tal health pro­moter for older peo­ple Marie Hull-Brown, 86, says.

While the me­dia of­ten fo­cus on el­der abuse in rest homes and hos­pi­tals, abuse can take many forms such as us­ing older peo­ple’s money with­out con­sent, in­fan­til­is­ing older peo­ple or try­ing to con­trol their de­ci­sions about where they live, where they go and who they talk to.

‘‘Of­ten it goes on right un­der our noses and no­body is aware of it,’’ Ms Hull-Brown says.

She ad­vises not to ig­nore un­ex­pected changes in an el­derly per­son’s life such as a child or grand­child mov­ing in with them.

‘‘Find an ex­cuse to have a pri­vate chat with them to see how they re­ally feel about it.’’

Since an amend­ment to the Crimes Act in 2012, it is an of­fence to fail to re­port sus­pected abuse or ne­glect of a vul­ner­a­ble adult. The foun­da­tion re­minds Ki­wis that they can do much to sup­port el­derly peo­ple, such as pop­ping in to visit, respecting their wishes and de­ci­sions even if they may not agree, and sup­port­ing them to keep in touch with those who are im­por­tant to them.

To cel­e­brate the event the Sky Tower and Auck­land Town Hall will be lit pur­ple on Satur­day night.

Ms Hull-Brown will also be ded­i­cat­ing two episodes of her ra­dio show The Vin­tage Years on Planet FM to the is­sue.

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