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Take some time on June 15 to Stir A Cuppa With Seniors to highlight their role in families

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is coming up on June 15, and will be marked by Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV), a key program of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, with a special initiative emphasising the lifelong value of our beloved Nans and Pops.

An annual event, ‘Stir A Cuppa With Seniors’ will highlight the critical role of grandparents in families via an afternoon tea in Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens including a panel discussion exploring how intergenerational relationships can positively impact young people’s health and well-being from childhood to adulthood.

The panel will be facilitated by Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, as well as guest speaker Dr Marlene Krasovitsky, Co-chair and Director of the EveryAGE Counts campaign.

Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Dr Marlene Krasovitsky, director of EveryAGE Counts, will speak on a panel for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, highlighting the importance of grandparents in a healthy family dynamic.

As part of this WEAAD event, SRV will also release a new resource specifically for grandparents who may be facing challenges within their family dynamic or, at worst, instances of abuse.

Dr Rebecca Edwards, manager and principal lawyer of Seniors Rights Victoria, says the brochure has been developed to provide elders strategies to overcome these obstacles.

“SRV has seen situations where grandparents may be denied contact with their grandchildren due to complex family dynamics, family disputes, custody issues, illness, divorce or separation. 

“Grandparents may also feel pressured to provide financial or other support for their grandchildren, as well as being concerned about their grandchildren’s safety in the face of family violence.

“Senior Rights Victoria wanted to provide the information, referrals and advice needed if grandparents are faced with these challenges in an easy to access format.”

She adds that whilst elders in this situation may benefit from legal advice, a level of psychological support is also important in such trying times.

“Estrangement from grandchildren is often a complex situation, mixed with high levels of emotion and anxiety. 

“Although it’s not always possible, SRV aims to assist grandparents to maintain a connection with their grandchildren and have a sense of hope that a positive outcome may prevail.”

Edwards says that previous iterations of the  ‘Stir A Cuppa With Seniors’ event have resonated well with older Victorians, but she is especially pleased that in 2022, SRV is able to host the event face to face — a first in two years.

“SRV’s ‘Stir A Cuppa With Seniors’, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, reflects the simplicity of how a cuppa can be a catalyst for compassion, connection and conversation.”

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: City of Melbourne Bowls Club in the Flagstaff Gardens

To register for the event, follow this link or to RSVP via phone call (03) 9655 2129.

More about SRV and the EveryAGE Counts campaign

SRV provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

SRV helps Victorians 60 and above, or any Indigenous Victorians 45 and above.

In a survey conducted in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), SRV found that 91 per cent of elder-abuse incidents are perpetrated by family members, emphasising the need for independent sources of assistance for elders in crisis.

To seek advice or support contact SRV Helpline on 1300 368 821 or go to seniorsrights.org.au.

EveryAGE Counts is an advocacy campaign aimed at tackling ageism against older Australians.  Click on this link to download an information sheet about the campaign, its background, objectives and funding.

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