Today it's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Comedian and social activist Rod Quantock gets serious about ageing in a new podcast which encourages young and old alike to challenge ageist and sexist attitudes; empower older people to know their rights; and to raise awareness of elder abuse, including what it is and where to get help if desired.
Light in tone yet addressing a serious issue, the podcast delves into the hidden issue of age discrimination and elder abuse. Elder abuse is a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Rod says “I made the podcast for young and old alike because we as a society need to step up to challenge ageist and sexist attitudes and to empower older people to know their rights and act on them”.
The podcast also features Rod Quantock, OAM interviewing:
- Gary Ferguson, Community Education Manager – Seniors Rights Victoria
- Michelle Lord, Elder Abuse Prevention Network Project Lead – Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership