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  1. Open your Eyes: Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse


Open Your Eyes: Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse

The HSE has produced a new information booklet entitled 'Open your Eyes, Protect Yourself from ElderAbuse'. This information booklet outlines practical ways for older people to maintain their independence and stay connected to their community as well as advising when professional advice should be sought regarding finances and future wishes.

Growing older can bring many opportunities such as time to explore new interests, travel as well as time to connect with family and friends.

Unfortunately, some older people experience abuse, neglect and mistreatment. It can be difficult coming forward and speaking out about abuse. This booklet is supported by a multitude of agencies who can offer support, information and advice. The contact details of these agencies are produced at the end of the booklet.

The booklet, ‘Open Your Eyes; Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse’ is only available online and can be viewed or downloaded from the Cosc website, or from the HSE website,

If you or someone you know is being abused or harmed in any way, the most important thing to do is to tell someone you trust; such as a family member, close friend or your health professional. You can also contact the HSE Information line on 1850 24 1850 who can give you details of HSE staff in your local area who can help you.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On Thursday, June 12th, 2014 the HSE, in collaboration with the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP), University College Dublin and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, will host a national conference to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (click here for more information). Bookings for the national conference can be made by contacting the NCPOP on 01 7166467 or by emailing before Friday, June 6th. There is no attendance fee.