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Keeping PACE with elder abuse By Liz Rogers

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Jeanette Lane fights for seniors’ rights, and that’s not just because she is of a certain age herself; it’s because there are many seniors in our community who need someone to advocate for them. To be on their side and to make things clear.

This is personal stuff. Former Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders chairwoman Jeanette was recently invited to attend the Central Highlands Elder Abuse Prevention Project launch in Ballarat, where she gave a talk about the Mornington Peninsula’s innovative programs and outreach. “This is the first time they will be running an elder abuse program in Ballarat,” she says. The introduction of PACE programs to the central Victorian region marks the much-needed expansion of this vital lifeline.

She explains: “Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse our seniors have to deal with. Every time we run a program – and we ran seven of them last year – someone ends up crying and realising they need help. We had one woman whose daughter was going to the bank for her and keeping the money she was withdrawing. PACE refers people to Seniors Rights Victoria and lets people know what they can do in situations like this. Our programs provide information and point you in the right direction as far as where to get legal advice and help.”

PACE was established in 2006, and the committee represents Peninsula residents aged over 50. Jeanette has been with PACE for 14 years and its chairwoman several times. To assist older seniors making enduring powers of attorney, Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, has launched a booklet called Your Voice, Trust Your Choice. Copies are available from the Office of the Public Advocate, Level 1, 204 Lygon St, Carlton — phone 1300 309 337 to be mailed a copy.

You can also tune into PACE on AIR on RPP (98.7 FM) sporadically.

“We will be conducting programs on power of attorney this year so watch out for the details,” Jeanette concludes.

Help is at hand. Use it.


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