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THE City of Whittlesea is hosting a free Ageing Well Expo tomorrow, Wednesday June 21, to recognise World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, WEAAD, which highlights the importance of the rights of older people.

Elder abuse is any act that can cause harm to an older person and is often carried out by someone close to them. The abuse may be financial, emotional, psychological, social or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2011 and serves as a annual reminder of the importance of addressing elder abuse and advocating for the rights and protection of older individuals.

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City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the Ageing Well Expo would bring together a diverse range of products, services, information and educational resources to keep people safe and supported to continue living in their own home as they age.

“The event will feature a special information session with Seniors Rights Victoria … providing valuable insights into elder abuse, its associated risks, prevention strategies and the support and assistance available,” she said.

“The Ageing Well Expo is also a great way to discover the latest information, services and expert advice in staying safe and ageing well. Whether you are planning for your own future or caring for a family member, the Ageing Well Expo is an excellent resource hub.”

The free Ageing Well Expo is from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, June 21, at Plenty Ranges Art and Convention Centre at 35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

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“The City of Whittlesea will stand alongside communities worldwide to support this vital cause,” Ms Wilson said.

“Council is committed to raising awareness and providing important information to the community about services available.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, help is available through Senior Rights Victoria’s confidential helpline on 1300 368 821. If it is an emergency, call triple zero.

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