The Seymour Men’s Shed hosted a gathering of members from Seymour, Broadford and Kilmore to hear Seniors’ Rights Victoria community education co-ordinator Gary Fergusson talk about elders abuse and enduring power of attorney.
The function was sponsored by Mitchell Shire who sourced the speaker and provided afternoon tea.
Mr Fergusson opened his address by explaining types of abuse experienced by older citizens and the laws in place to protect them.
He also pointed out that men are much less likely to seek help and support than women. Often early intervention can help to rectify problems.
Seniors Rights Victoria have professional counsellors and lawyers who can provide free advice to older citizens who have any concerns or are unsure of their rights.
Mr Fergusson then explained the various types of enduring power of attorney that are available and the strengths and weaknesses in the system, such as power of attorney in one state has no legal status in another state.
A lively discussion followed with many comments and questions coming from participants.
Following this informative session, Mr Fergusson remained with the group to discuss individual issues while others took the opportunity to mingle with members from other sheds and enjoy afternoon tea.
— Michael Coffey