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​Free diary informs seniors of their legal rights

Published date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Scams, elder abuse, funerals and pensions are all covered in a free diary aimed at keeping seniors informed of their legal rights.

Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies have joined forces to encourage seniors to pick up a free 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary that will help them understand their rights under the law and plan the year ahead.

Mr Speakman said the diary from Legal Aid NSW is full of useful tips that will help seniors protect their rights and to keep safe.

“Elder abuse is everybody’s business. 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,” Mr Speakman said.

Mrs Davies said that in response to overwhelming demand, this year the number of diaries printed would increase by 25,000 copies to 80,000.

“As well as helping older people plan their year, the publication provides a wealth of tips, helpful contacts and information on government services, including how to access many of the Government’s cost of living initiatives,” Mrs Davies said.

This year’s diary includes a chapter on legal issues that are 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 Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, recommended the diary for the key information it provides for elders in the community.

“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,” Dr Riley said.

The Legal Aid NSW Diary will be distributed to Legal Aid offices, MPs, libraries and community organisations from 1 December.