Galway workshops for World Elder Abuse Day

To mark World Elder Abuse Day on Wednesday June 15, staff from the HSE’s Older People Service in conjunction with local community services in Galway are organising a series of workshops to create a greater awareness of elder abuse and the supports that are there for older people. The workshops will run for about two hours and will include a video, discussion, and light refreshments at the end. The workshops are free to attend and all are welcome.

Susan Rodden, senior case worker for Elder Abuse in Galway is one of the organisers of the workshops and said: “In all societies, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognised or treated as an unspoken problem. Raising awareness is a vital component in the battle against abuse of all kinds. The aim of the workshops is to provide older people with the information they need to recognise the different types of abuse whether they be physical, psychological, financial or a form of neglect; and also what to do in the event of abuse.”

The workshops are taking place at the following locations – please note not all workshops are taking place on Wednesday June 15.

St Francis Community Nursing Unit, Newcastle, Galway

Date: Wednesday June 15

Time: 10.15am until 12 noon

To book a place call Rose O’Connor on 091 - 524575

Croí na Gaillimhe, Nuns Island, Galway

Date: Wednesday June 15

Time: 2.15pm until 4.30pm

To book a place call 091 – 895203

Sonas, Mervue, Galway

Date: Thursday June 16

Time: 2.15pm until 4.30pm

Opening Address: Mr JJ O’Kane, HSE Manager of Older People Services for Galway

To book a place call 091 – 753402

Ballinasloe Social Services Centre, Upper Brackernagh, Ballinasloe

Date: Friday June 17

Time: 12 noon

To book a place call Teresa at 09096 – 43217

Day Centre, Clonbur

Date: Friday June 17

Time: 2.15pm until 4.30pm

No booking required

If you are unable to attend a workshop but suspect that an older person may be experiencing some form of abuse, then you may need to speak with a GP, public health nurse or contact Susan Rodden, senior case worker for elder abuse in Galway at 091 741756 for advice.

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