World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day took place on 15 June 2018.

The purpose of the day was to raise awareness of adult abuse, how to recognise the signs and how to report it.

Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.

These changes have led to a worldwide recognition of the problems and challenges that face the elderly.

Research has shown that elderly abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens around the world.

World Health Organization data suggests that 4% to 6% of elderly people suffer from some form of abuse, a large percentage of which goes unreported.

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) asked organisations to share images on social media, promoting the message ‘There is no excuse for elder abuse’.

Chesterfield market

DSAB held a customer engagement event at Chesterfield Market for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event was supported by DSAB partners including:

  • Derbyshire County Council adult care
  • P3 Charity
  • Derbyshire Police
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Derbyshire Voluntary Action
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Community Safety
  • Derbyshire Scam Watch and Trading Standards

The event was supported by Andy Searle, DSAB Independent Chair, Derbyshire County Councillor John Boult and Kevin Gillott from the Police and Crime Commissioners office.

The event was also featured by Peak FM and the Derbyshire Times.

Professionals in attendance spoke to members of the public and provide them with lots of information around the variety of support and initiatives available for older people to access in Derbyshire.

There was a focus on financial abuse due to June 2018 also being Scams Awareness Month.

Staff supporting the event wore something purple as this is the colour theme chosen by the Charity ‘Action for Elder Abuse’ as it reflects royalty; how elderly people should be treated.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust

As part of World Elder Abuse Day, the Safeguarding Adult Lead and colleagues, including adult care held an information stand. This was positively received by patient and staff alike. The event also coincided with scams awareness month and supported that as well. Feedback from participants was that scams is an issue for patients, staff and their relatives’ as well.

Action on Elder Abuse conference

Action on Elder Abuse held their annual national conference in London for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. A number of speakers attended to present and also to facilitate workshops on adult safeguarding. Bill Nicol, Head of Adult Safeguarding Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups attended as one of the keynote speakers and focused on, ‘How is the Care Act working or not working - what issues are staff facing?’

Derbyshire County Council adult care

The Derbyshire County Council adult care information team put together an information stand for Scams Awareness Month which was displayed in the main reception area at County Hall Matlock for a week during June 2018.