The Queensland Government has promised $18.6 million in funding to help older people to stay active, improve their social lives and avoid social isolation and potential elder abuse.
Queensland Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said 47 organisations would share the funding over three years.
It includes over $7.6 million for elder abuse services, nearly $8.6 million for social isolation services and around $2.4 million to prevent barriers to accessing services.
“Sadly, older Queenslanders can be vulnerable to social isolation and elder abuse, which is why we’re doing everything we can to protect our seniors,” O’Rourke said.
“I’m pleased that 47 organisations across the state will share in funding to help older Queenslanders access vital services to keep them safe, supported and connected to the community,” she said.
These services helped older people to access information and advice and support networks, she said.
“We’re already seeing some participants improving their health and fitness through exercise, while others are learning to connect using new technology and social media.
“This funding will ensure Queensland seniors can continue to get out and about and enjoy more quality of life, making them less susceptible to social isolation and elder abuse.”