Wrexham-Based AM Backs Survey Into Abuse Of The Elderly

A WREXHAM-BASED AM is giving her backing to a nationwide survey into abuse of the elderly. Eleanor Burnham, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for North Wales, has sponsored the launch of Age Concern’s “Advocacy Counts 2” survey into elder abuse, which took place at the National Assembly for Wales.

Age Concern’s survey highlights the lack of advocacy services for older people in Wales as well as the need for proper training in issues relating to elder abuse and rights.

Miss Burnham said: “As a former home care manager and the daughter of older parents who lived into their nineties, I am extremely proud to be associated with Age Concern Cymru and its work. Older people are often fiercely independent but many will also need help of some kind. In this technological age the human links that used to bind people together have been eroded. Advocacy helps fill that void by acting on behalf of older people to ensure they are getting what is rightfully theirs and that they are being treated with respect.”

Gwenda Thomas AM, deputy minister for health and social services, officially launched the survey.

Age Concern Cymru’s Louise Hughes, project officer for the Elder Abuse Project and their chief executive, Robert Taylor, also spoke and answered guests’ questions about the survey.