Elder abuse is any act which causes harm or distress to an older person. It can take many forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Research suggests that as many as 50,000 older people in NSW may have experienced some form of abuse, however only one in five cases of elder abuse is reported. The majority of alleged abusers are trusted family members, neighbours, friends or paid carers.
It can happen to anyone, but there are some risk factors that can contribute to abuse of older people.
Using case studies and stories of elder abuse — including ‘inheritance impatience’ or ‘inheritance conservation’ — Jen Kolarik from the Elder Abuse Helpline will talk about the different kinds of elder abuse, how to identify it and how to get help for yourself or another person.