Residents in South Tyneside are being urged to back a campaign aimed at stopping the abuse of older people as part of this year's World Elder Abuse Day which takes place on Saturday, 15 June.
Elder abuse is a global issue and comes in many forms including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse as well as neglect. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse, especially if they are lonely and socially isolated. With a growing global population of elderly people, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem.
In support of the day, South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board is offering two Dementia Friends sessions to raise awareness of the condition where people can find out what they can do to support people to live well with dementia, which can help to reduce their risk of abuse.
The Dementia Friends sessions will take place on Friday 14 June at Boldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9DS. A morning session will run from 10am to 11am and afternoon session will be held between 1pm and 2pm. The sessions are open to everyone and there is no need to book.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Elderly people can be particularly vulnerable to abuse as their age and infirmity can prevent them from getting the help they need.
"By supporting this day, we hope to raise awareness of this issue and highlight the role that we all have to play in keeping older residents safe.
"By looking out for family members, neighbours and friends we can all play a part in spotting and preventing abuse against older people."
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