Elder abuse advocacy agencies in New Zealand: where complaints about elderly financial grooming and abuse go to die.

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In New Zealand, anyone who has a concern about elderly financial grooming and abuse is encouraged to contact a nominated state-funded agencies for assistance.

The agency at the top of this recommended list is the Elder Abuse Response Service, which operates under the umbrella of Age Concern.

However, making a complaint to this agency is a frustrating observational and experiential exercise in talking to people within the agency who offer no more than hand-wringing futility, wrapped in a sanctimonious cloak of best intentions, for no actual complaint outcome.

The simple fact is that the Elder Abuse Response Service has no meaningful response to offer complainants. They have no executive, legislative, or statutory power; no legal advisory or navigation service; and no apparent influence within the public or political domain. One makes their complaint, the complaint is heard, and then…………nothing.

The same seems to go for Grey Power. There isn’t actually any “power” available to help victims or families of victims that have been financially groomed or abused by Caregivers.

This needs to change, because pretending to care about elderly financial grooming and abuse, without the power to so anything about elderly financial grooming and abuse, is both morally and ethically misleading to the public.

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