City Of Hobart Supporting Walk Against Elder Abuse

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The City of Hobart’s Mathers House has long served as a sanctuary for many older community members and will once again provide a safe place to gather as the final stop for Friday’s Walk Against Elder Abuse.

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday, Council On The Ageing (COTA) Tasmania will host a walk in Hobart on Friday, culminating at the City of Hobart’s Mathers House with refreshments and morning tea.

Elder abuse affects one in six older Australians, often perpetrated by family members, friends, or others in trusted roles.

Hobart’s Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds will join the walk on Friday.

“Elder abuse is a critical issue that too often goes unnoticed,” Cr Reynolds said.

“We must ensure that our older citizens receive the support and protection they need and deserve.

“Mathers House has always been a welcoming place for everyone, especially our seniors.

“It offers a comforting environment where they can enjoy a meal, a cup of tea, or simply find peace and security.

“This makes it the perfect conclusion for the Walk Against Elder Abuse.”

COTA Tasmania CEO Brigid Wilkinson said elder abuse affected many more people in the community than most realised.

“Older people have the right to live with dignity and safety, just like people of every other age and COTA encourages all Tasmanians to learn about elder abuse and look out for people in their community,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“In support of this campaign, prominent landmarks, including the Tasman Bridge and the Launceston Town Hall, have been lit up in purple signalling a shift in how we support and respect our older community members.

“COTA particularly would like to thank the City of Hobart for its ongoing support as well as the city’s business and community groups who, by highlighting purple in some way, have helped raise awareness of elder abuse.”

Hobart’s Welcoming and Inclusive City Portfolio Chair, Cr Dr Zelinda Sherlock, said the community had an important role to play in addressing elder abuse.

“Raising awareness and taking action against elder abuse is a shared responsibility,” Cr Dr. Sherlock said.

“Events like these not only highlight the importance of protecting our older people but also strengthen our community bonds and commitment to inclusivity.”

The Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline 1800 441 169 is a confidential service providing information on elder abuse and available options.

Hobart walkers will commence at 10am at Elizabeth Street Mall, turn left into Liverpool Street, walk around the central CBD block proceeding to Mathers House Forecourt.

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