The South Australian government’s Stop Elder Abuse public awareness campaign is underway.
The 2018 campaign highlights the message ‘Elder abuse can be stopped if you speak up’ and where to seek assistance.
Elder Abuse is an act that causes deliberate or accidental harm to an older person, by someone they know and trust such as a family member, friend or carer.
Elder Abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, social, neglect, sexual or chemical.
In South Australia, 50 per cent of elder abuse cases are financial, often coupled with emotional abuse.
Banking staff may notice unusual financial transactions on the accounts of an older client.
Real estate agents may see family members or others controlling a property transaction to the detriment of an older person.
Both could be signs of financial abuse.
For free, confidential advice and support call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line Support and Referral Service 1800 372 310 or visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/stopelderabuse.