We share Mary's beautiful story today, 15 June 2017, on World Elder Abuse Day, as a reminder and praise of our service and care to our elderly. Thank you to those of you who dedicate your lives to the support of the elderly, and the positive difference you make to the life of others.
World Elder Abuse Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect and to promote awareness of elder abuse in the community and what we can all do to stop it – both as individuals and as a community. ACIA CEO Luke Westenberg says, “WEAAD is an opportunity to make the community aware that many older people experience mistreatment from people close to them, often their family members (‘elder abuse’).“
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
ACIA Board Member, Dr Pooja Newman who is the Clinical Director for Ananda Aged Care, shared today, "We see the older person as the keeper of history, the privileged to have memories of the past and are excited about the prospect of reminiscence with a meaningful account to make yesteryear shine brightly. One can only move forwards with a grounded comprehension of the past for a steady foundation of the future."
Here is Mary's story.
Mary is an aged care resident living within an Estia Health facility.