Elder abuse issue on the agenda

The City of Joondalup is partnering with WA�s peak body for elder abuse prevention, Advocare, for an Art of Ageing session themed personal and community safety.

It will provide information on elder abuse, cyber crime, planning for the future and general safety.

The session coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day � a United Nations internationally recognised day that focuses attention on the problem of neglect and the physical, emotional and financial abuse of older people � on June 15.

Research conducted in WA suggests 1 in 20 people over of 65 will suffer from some form of abuse.

The City of Joondalup has more than 18,000 residents aged over 65 and about 22,000 aged between 55 and 64, which combined, represents more than 20 per cent of the City�s residents.

Advocare has helped 57 seniors in the north metropolitan area in the past year, which is 15 per cent of its statewide caseload.

The Art of Ageing session seeks to understand the challenges presented by an ageing population and to bring people together to exchange ideas about how to reduce incidents of abuse, increase reporting and foster age-friendly communities.

It will be held at the Joondalup Sports Association at 6 Miami Beach Promenade, Iluka from 10am to noon and include free morning tea and a blues and jazz showcase from youth ensemble School House Groove.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple. Bookings are essential, at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or on 9400 4503.