Minister for the Ageing Tanya Davies has urged the community not to be silent on elder abuse.
Between March 2013 and December 2016, the state government’s Elder Abuse Hotline received more than 5500 calls.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness day, Ms Davies said anyone with knowledge of an incident should take action.
“The abuse of older people is intolerable, and it’s up to everyone to play a part in stopping it occurring in our community,” the Mulgoa MP said.
“All too often incidents of elder abuse go unreported. If you see or hear something that isn’t right, don’t wait – tell someone or call the helpline.”
Ms Davies said it was important that older people felt valued – and safe – within their community.
“Every older person has a wealth of lived experience and we want to empower them to share this and be active participants in their communities,” she said.
About four to six per cent of Australia’s elderly reportedly experience abuse.
Types of elder abuse includes emotional abuse, neglect, financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and social abuse.
Elder abuse often occurs at the hands of loved ones or people who the victim trusts.
Anyone with information about elder abuse should contact the Elder Abuse Hotline, 1800 628 221, or call triple-0.