Dementia Australia NSW calls for more aged care funding to tackle neglect on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is urging the community to be more aware of neglect of our elders today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

“How we treat our aged, in particular our frail aged with dementia is a mark of our civilisation,” Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said.

“The theme of this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Everyone Deserves Respect, and this especially applies to those living with dementia.

“Tragically we have way too many examples where our older citizens are not respected. Rather they are subjected to neglect and abuse.

“Our whole community needs to be involved in this cause. It’s up to us to think again about how we treat our older citizens.

“It is particularly concerning that the treatment of our older citizens, especially those living with dementia, has received such little attention in the current federal election campaign.

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives the opportunity for the major parties to redress this failure.”

Mr Watkins said it was also an opportunity to again raise the issue of the brutal $1.2 billion cut to aged care funding in residential aged care facilities over the next four years through changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

“These funding cuts mean many elders in residential aged care facilities will miss out on much-needed support in their everyday lives,” Mr Watkins said.

If you have been, or suspect someone else is being neglected, you can contact the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline on1800 628 221. Information and advice is also available for people with dementia, their families and carers by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.