Resource informs and educates seniors on their rights
A VALUABLE new resource has been released to help older residents understand their rights and to navigate the complex legal and service system that they find themselves in.
Launched by Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia (ADA Australia), the 2017 Legal Topics for Older People Diary will help older Queenslanders understand their rights and better protect themselves from abuse.
ADA Australia CEO Geoff Rowe said the Australian Law Reform Commission's inquiry into elder abuse, which commenced in February this year, has highlighted the vulnerability of older people as well as the lack of information available to ageing Australians.
"People seeking support and information are often directed to websites or given pamphlets, however these typically contain legal jargon and can at times be difficult to understand," Mr Rowe said.
"Many seniors have limited access to newer technologies such as computers and laptops, so this resource provides older people with readily available information including phone numbers should they wish to talk with someone.
"The diary also includes information on other important topics, such as aged care, consumer issues, future planning, neighbours and housing, and mental health in an easy-to-read format."
Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the 2017 Legal Topics Diary was an invaluable tool that would provide seniors with critical information to better protect themselves against financial fraudsters.
"All too often, we see older people becoming victims to financial abuse, with more than 1,350 new elder abuse notifications in Queensland in 2015 - up from around 1280 in the previous year," Mrs O'Rourke said.
"We want seniors to be armed with the right knowledge, as well as support services and available resources, so that they can better protect themselves, and can live actively and happily in their later years."
The diary is available for $10 from ADA Australia, and can be purchased online at www.adaaustralia.com.au/product/2017-diary/ or call 1800818338.