World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
The 15th of June every year marks the United Nations internationally recognised day – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse can take many forms such as physical, social, financial, emotional and sexual. Research shows that older women over the age of 80 are most at risk and their own children are likely to be the most perpetrators.
“As Australia’s population is ageing, the number of vulnerable people is increasing, making elder abuse one of our most serious emerging social issues. We want to help raise awareness about it now, so that we can help people prevent the crime from occurring” State Trustees’ CEO Craig Dent.
At any given time, State Trustees is investigating up to 200 cases of alleged financial elder abuse including cases where a person in a position of trust takes or misuses an older person’s money, property or assets.
State Trustees’ Financial Elder Abuse Investigations (Jan. 2014 – Dec 2015) showed that out of the 91 finalised cases, while 15% of the cases ended positively, 23% ended due to the death of the client, 39% of cases were finalized as there was no evidence to continue with the investigation and 20% of cases are not pursued after legal advice; leaving the victim and/or their families still vulnerable.
What can you do about it?
At State Trustees, we strongly believe that prevention and early intervention is the key to making a difference for the ageing Victorian population. We urge anyone who thinks they could be at a risk of elder abuse now or in the future to take hands on approach with the following steps:
- Appoint an independent attorney for financial matters or, if using family, appoint more than one attorney for financial matters
- Get independent advice
- Keep your will up to date
- Make loans legally binding
- If you move in with family or if they move in with you, formally document your living arrangements
State Trustees can help prepare an enduring power of attorney, and/or be appointed as an attorney for financial matters.
Prepare your Power of Attorney
Take the first step to safeguard yourself and your loved ones. Make an appointment to create your power of attorney by filling the form below.
One of our friendly team will contact you within the next 48 hours to organise an appointment time that suits your schedule. If your matter is urgent, please contact us on 03 9667 6444 (outside Melbourne 1300 138 672).