Kapiti Observer : June 13th 2011
10 KAPITI OBSERVER, JUNE 13, 2011 On 14 June 2011, Age Concern New Zealand takes part in the sixth annual international campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. It is a global problem. International research estimates that between 3% and 10% of the older population experience some form of abuse or neglect. However much abuse goes unreported. It has been estimated that only 16% of all abuse incidents reach service agencies. "Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person." Each year Age Concern elder abuse and neglect prevention services receive over 1,000 referrals of people who are allegedly facing elder abuse and neglect. That s about 20 referrals every week. We investigate each situation, and put in place support, intervention, and prevention strategies as needed. Cases of Abuse The data below is from con rmed cases from the 19 Age Concern elder abuse and neglect prevention services, over the past 10 years. On average, we con rm about 2-3 new cases of elder abuse each day. That s not the whole size of the problem though. Abuse is also identi ed by other agencies including health providers, the Police, lawyers, other community support organisations, and the ve non- Age Concern elder abuse and neglect prevention services. Types of Abuse that people have experienced Psychological -- 55% to 62% Material/ nancial -- 40% to 50% Physical -- 20% Neglect -- Up to 20% (Age Concern con rmed cases over ten years). Who is involved? 65% to 70% of abused are women 30% to 46% of abused live alone 70% to 80% of abuse is committed by family members, with 40% to 50% of abusers being adult children of the older person. Unlike other forms of family/whanau violence, abusers are as likely to be female as male. Up to 35% of abusers are primary caregivers. RESPECT EACH OTHER Let s all speak up against elder abuse and neglect. For information, advice or referral, please contact: Tristine Tilly (EANP coordinator) for Age Concern Kapiti Telephone 04 298 8879 Email: email@example.com WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY 14 JUNE 2011 COASTLANDS MALL, PARAPARAUMU To contact Age Concern Kapiti; call us on 04 298 8879 or call in and see us in our offices on the 1st floor of Coastlands Mall. Age Concern Staff; Dermot Whelan (Manager) Tristine Tilly (Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention) Sharon Lodge (Accredited Visiting Service coordinator) Rachel Cronin (Health Promotion/Community Support) Works actively to promote the rights and wellbeing of older people and those who care for them. This activity includes education and health promotion to encourage social and physical wellbeing and to challenge ageist attitudes. AGE CONCERN KAPITI COMING SOON Digital Edition Kapiti nabs Green Ribbon The council's green initiatives have seen it clinch a category award in the Ministry for the Environment's Green Ribbon Awards. At the parliamentary award ceremony on Thursday, Kapiti Coast District Council came top in the central and local govern- ment Stepping Up category. The category recognises a public sector project that has measurably made a difference and resulted in environmental behaviour change. Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan said the win was huge recog- nition'' of the substantial amount of work undertaken by the current and previous councils in recent years. This win recognises 10 years of effort by the council to place the principles of sustainable development at the heart of local government decision-making. It involves years of consistent appreciation of what is needed to make an impact in this area and a willingness politically to run with it.'' The council's entry included a swathe of initiatives, including the introduction of a wood-fired boiler at the Paraparaumu sewerage treatment plant, and upgrading its pensioner housing with insulation and solar panels. The council has also sponsored the establishment of the Clean Technology Centre in Otaki and put environmental sustainability and resilience at the centre of its economic devel- opment plans for the district. Ms Rowan said she was very proud of the achievement, but it was one to be shared by a num- ber of people, including staff, councillors and former council- lors. Planting reward: Raumati South School Room 1 students Elliot Carver and Eve Abernethy plant one of five trees they were given on Friday for the Paper4trees initiat- ive, while Paraparaumu/Raumati Com- munity Board member Jonny Best watches on. Kapiti Coast District Council supplies one tree to every school for every 200 litres of paper and cardboard they recycle. Council solid waste manager Nienke Itje- shorst said the amount of recycling required per tree was the equivalent of eight 240-litre wheelie bins or one two cubic metre recycling skip bin. Raumati South, Otaki and St Peter's Chanel Schools were all planting trees on Friday, while other schools will be planting in coming weeks. There are 18 schools on the Kapiti Coast taking part in the pro- gramme, along with one preschool, to go with the 2840 schools nationwide.
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