Abuse Against Older People in the Spotlight

Posted by: Press team on 12 June 2020 14:35

Residents in South Tyneside are being encouraged to support a campaign aimed at stopping abuse against older people as part of this year's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Monday 15 June).

The day is aimed at reminding people that keeping adults safe is everyone's responsibility and that people should look out for signs of abuse and report it.

Abuse against older people can take various forms such as physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect. Abuse can occur in a range of different places including a person's own home and other locations within the community.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "It is a sad fact that as the population grows older, the risk of older people becoming victims of abuse also increases. Many older people are unable to protect themselves due to infirmity or frailty and are often socially isolated, especially this year due to COVID-19.

"By marking this day and pledging to look out for family members, neighbours and friends, we can send a clear message that this type of abuse will not be tolerated in South Tyneside."

Anyone worried or concerned about an older person in South Tyneside should call (0191) 424 6000 during normal office hours of Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm or (0191) 456 2093 outside of office hours.  To find out more, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/worriedaboutanadult  

Last modified: 08 October 2021 14:37