Abuse prevention


In supporting older people to uphold their rights, Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA) is guided by the United Nations Declaration on the ‘Rights and Responsibilities of Older Persons (1991)’ that include the following:

  • Independence – including access to basic needs, health care, work, education programs, the right to live at home as long as possible and be in supportive, safe environments.
  • Participation – in social activities and opportunities to share their knowledge and skills.
  • Care – that maintains their optimum level of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
  • Self-fulfillment – to pursue their potential and access education, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources.
  • Dignity – to be treated fairly, to be valued in their own right, to live in dignity and security, to be free of exploitation, physical and mental abuse, to be able to exercise personal autonomy.

ERA supports the following:

  • Older people have rights.
  • Abuse of these rights is NOT OK.
  • Help is available.
  • Good planning can protect rights.

Further information

For more information or support about protecting your rights please contact Elder Rights Advocacy ( Email ERA or telephone 1800 700 600 ).

You will also find information about preventing the abuse of older people on the website of the advocacy service in South Australia – Aged Rights Advocacy Service.

15 June 2016 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.