Staying Safe as a Senior


Our seniors deserve respect and to live without fear in their lives. Their safety and security is as important as it has ever been, and their health and wellbeing should not be forgotten.

As a community, we need to look out for their older neighbours or older loved ones, and look for the tell-tale signs of abuse. This could be unexplained bruises or injuries, looking thin or malnourished, or displaying feelings of anxiety or fear.

There is no excuse for abuse. Older people are covered by the same legal protections for people who experience family violence. This includes the right to apply for an intervention order to help protect them from further abuse. There are also other options to stop elder abuse.

For more information, please download the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service information sheet on ‘Staying Safe as a Senior-Elder Abuse.’

If you feel unsafe or you think you have recognises someone you know who is experiencing older abuse please call 000.  You can also discuss your concerns by calling the National Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 ELDER HELP.

The Hume Riverina Community Legal Service can provide free legal advice on senior issues to residents in the Federation Council. Call on 1800 918 377 or visit their website.