ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AIMS TO HIGHLIGHT SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO SUFFER IN SILENCE

According to World Health Organisation statistics, about 3 per cent of people over 65 experience some kind of elder abuse.

But Australian research suggests the figure could be as high as 10 per cent.

UnitingCare Queensland chief executive officer Anne Cross said World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provided a great opportunity to raise awareness about the abuse of older people and ensure people affected by it knew that help and guidance were available.

“Sadly, older people experience mistreatment or exploitation usually by someone they know and trust, which can make it difficult for them to seek advice and support,” she said.