A Wiradjuri woman from Dubbo is recommending seniors grab a free diary that covers topics such as scams, elder abuse, pensions and funerals.
The 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary includes a chapter on legal issues that are considered important for older Aboriginal people, like planning for funerals and sorry business, and using a will as a way of passing on cultural knowledge.
Dr Lynette Riley, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, has recommended the diary for the key information it provides elders.
“We still have much to give, but we also may need a little help in keeping our heads up, so we can continue the invaluable support we still have to offer our communities,” she said.
NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman is also encouraging seniors to pick up the diary that will help them “understand their rights under the law and plan the year ahead”.
“Elder abuse is everybody’s business,” he said. “All older Australians have a right to expect safe, dignified treatment.
“That’s why this year’s diary contains important information about how to identify elder abuse and information about where to get help.”
The diary from Legal Aid NSW also provides a “wealth of tips, helpful contacts and information on government services” including cost-of-living initiatives.
About 80,000 copies of the diary are being distributed to Legal Aid offices, MPs, libraries and community organisations.