ELDER ABUSE: Spring is a good time to reflect on the health of your relationships and look to reconnect with support services.
ELDER ABUSE: Spring is a good time to reflect on the health of your relationships and look to reconnect with support services. wilpunt

Spring into relationships reflection and renewal

AS THE days warm up and the sun stays shining longer, spring is a good time for seniors to work on renewing their social and support connections.

While any time is a good time to stop and reflect on the health of relationships that impact on you, spring may be the catalyst that you need to start that process.

Finding the right person or place to connect with is the next step.

Relationships Australia support service case manager Benjamin O'Rourke says social connection is extremely important for anyone, particularly those that are experiencing or at risk elder abuse.

A person who is isolated and who lacks connection from neighbours, family or community, is one many of factors that may heighten the risk of elder abuse.

Some good tips for seniors to socially connect are -

  • Visit your library where there are often free information sessions are conducted.
  • Talk to the local council which can link you to senior's support groups.
  • Contact your community centre.
  • Talk to your local church leader about support groups.
  • Have a conversation with your family members or close friend.

"This could be a good time for you to check in with your GP as well," Ben recommends.

He also suggests if you have a Home Care package, to talk to your service provider. "Spring might be a good time to say I want to have a planning meeting and talk about my support needs," Ben adds.

If you have immediate elder abuse concerns, you should contact one of the following services -

  • Relationships Australia on 1300 063 232 or go to relationships.org.au.
  • Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 or go to seniorsenquiryline.com.au.
  • 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Unit in your state - NSW 1800 628 221, Queensland 1300 651 192, Victoria 1300 368 821, ACT (02) 6205 3535, South Australia 1800 372 310, West Australia 08 9479 7566, Tasmania 1800 441 169.
  • Lifeline on 131 144.

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