June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and we invite you to follow our campaign on social media, which highlights common types of abuse, causes and solutions provided by Tafta.
This year, we acknowledge the impact that Covid-19 has had in exacerbating social and economic hardships on families, which we believe increases the risk of exploitation and abuse of older persons in South Africa.
There are no official reports available on the status of elder abuse during the pandemic. However early reports on domestic- and family violence have indicated significant spikes in reported cases since the introduction of the first lockdown on 27 March 2020.
Elder Abuse is everyone’s business. If you suspect that an elderly person may be the victim of physical, mental or financial abuse, please contact Tafta without delay by telephoning 031 332 3721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may remain anonymous if you prefer.
Sometimes the signs and symptoms can be confusing, but it’s better to report your suspicions than leave an elderly person to suffer.
Read how to recognise the signs on our blog.
You can learn more about the different types of abuse here.
Watch an overview on Elder Abuse by Tafta social worker, Robyn Coetzee.
Hear about one of our case histories, that turned out to be neglect, rather than deliberate abuse.
If you’re an older person in need of help, or if you know one who needs a helping hand, call Tafta now and we will reach out to them today.