PEOPLE are being encouraged to look out for signs of adult abuse to help protect older members of the community.
Over the last 12 months, the Tameside Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (TASPB) has been alerted to 957 safeguarding adult concerns of adult abuse.
However it’s thought many more people could be suffering as domestic abuse in older people is generally under reported.
TASPB – who work in partnership with the council, health care, police and independent health and social care providers to respond to concerns raised regarding Adult Abuse - are supporting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Thursday 15 June.
The aim is to raise awareness of abuse in older people, help people to spot the signs and give them the confidence to report any concerns.
The board has produced a video to share in the community and on social media to highlight how older people may be affected by abuse.
Members of staff and the community are also being encouraged to wear purple on 15 June to help raise awareness.
Domestic abuse occurs across all sectors of society, it can happen to all ages and races and men and women are both at risk. It doesn’t just involve physical violence -controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go or who they talk to is just as damaging and is abuse
Tameside Council Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Wellbeing Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “One in three women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime however we don’t often think about it happening to older people even though they can be particularly vulnerable.
“We want people to be alert to the signs of adult abuse and have the confidence to report their concerns.”
For more information regarding Safeguarding Adults and who to contact visit Tameside website www.tameside.gov.uk/socialcare/adultabuse or contact Integrated Urgent Care Team 0161 342 4299.
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