This year’s International Day of Older Persons urges social inclusion
Today is the International Day of Older Persons and this year's theme is Leaving No One
Behind: Promoting a Society for All.
Ageing Minister Zoe Bettison said the theme is an important reminder to all South Australians that
inclusivity helps to create strong and united communities.
"We should look out for each other to make sure people feel supported, safe and connected,
particularly older members of our community who may be vulnerable," Ms Bettison said.
"The State Government is committed to supporting vulnerable individuals and families and
building strong, resilient communities.
"As part of that commitment, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's Domiciliary Care
unit provides services to more than 6700 older people across metropolitan Adelaide who have reduced
ability to care for themselves due to age, injury or illness.
"This includes offering home based services to help older people who need assistance to live at
home and be as independent as they can.
"These important services can assist people to regain independence, maintain wellbeing and
have an improved quality of life in the community.
"Domiciliary Care is also actively involved in programs that aim to prevent and respond to the
abuse of older people.
"Domiciliary Care's 'Protecting our Elders' Aboriginal Elder Abuse project (Ngadluku Purkarna
Tirra-apinthi project) examined the impact of Elder Abuse in the Aboriginal community.
"A resource package was developed to assist service providers to identify, respond to and
prevent the abuse of older people in Aboriginal communities.
"The package consists of a resource handbook, flyer and poster for Aboriginal families, communities
and service providers working with Aboriginal people in metropolitan Adelaide, to assist with
education about this important issue."
For more information about DCSI's Domiciliary Care programs visit