Shining light on elder abuse

RAISING AWARENESS: The silos will again be lit up purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday.
RAISING AWARENESS: The silos will again be lit up purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday.

West Coast Homecare and Red Cross have joined forces to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday, June 15.

The aim of the day is to promote the message that 'there is no excuse for abuse' of older people and to inform older people of their rights and where they can go to get help.

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend.

The abuse maybe physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and could include mistreatment and neglect.

Purple is the colour used internationally to symbolise elder abuse and denotes wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

An information display has been put up in the Port Lincoln Library and will remain up for the week.

Viterra is also supporting the event by turning the lights on the Port Lincoln silos purple for the week.

Purple is the colour used internationally to symbolise elder abuse and denotes wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

Further information is available from www.sa.aged-rights.asa.au or by phoning Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) country toll free 1800 700 600.