Elder abuse a hot topic

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Services Charles Gower (left), local volunteer for seniors Florence Shearman (centre), and Cambridge Grey Power president Val Massey.

Those manning the elder abuse awareness stand outside Comins Pharmacy last Friday said there had been more interest shown in the topic this year than in previous years. They fielded questions around the different types of abuse, and between them handed out brochures and contact lists to help people better understand how to spot and report areas of concern.

There was also information from the Cambridge Care and Craft Group on their programmes for elders, and for the first time there was a hand-out from Spark highlighting the risks of telephone scams. The initiative was held to mark New Zealand’s Elder Abuse Awareness Week from June 15-22.

Among those manning the stand were the Waikato advocate with the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Services Charles Gower (left), local volunteer for seniors Florence Shearman (centre), and Cambridge Grey Power president Val Massey.

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