The City of Gold Coast is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of its senior citizens.
In its latest effort to protect the older members of our community, Council has announced dedicated information sessions at various locations around the city, that seniors can attend to learn more about cyber safety, personal safety and home security.
The Mayoral Safer Suburbs Forum was today briefed about the latest measures, which hope to protect the Gold Coast’s 100,000 people above the age of 65.
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There’s predicted to be more than 175,000 seniors on the Gold Coast by 2036, so Mayor Tom Tate it’s important that they are well equipped to handle the technological age.
“Multiple aspects that seniors are being targeted, physically – hard to walk, hard to hold your handbag, then cyber scams – they’re very gullible there, they’re getting people cold calling and then following up on someone else’s email to them and all they want to do is get their bank accounts and steal money from the seniors
“It’s hard to combat that.
“These workshops will let people speak their mind, those who have already had these experiences and what they can learn off each other.
“We can also learn what else together with the police to catch these perpetrators.
“They add so much to the community, that they deserve a helping hand and this is time for us to do it,” Mayor Tate said.
Acting Superintendent Mark White says unfortunately they’re dealing with attacks on seniors almost every day.
“It is a continual incident that is occurring, and I think that the education and the awareness is the most proactive way to avoid them being victims of crime.
“Just to be mindful, things that might pop up on a smart phone, things that pop up and might seem like a great opportunity, might actually be a scam.
“This is about providing that information, being a platform, so that elderly members of our community which might not be as tech savvy, have that information to make sure that they’re looking after themselves and protecting themselves,” Acting Superintendent White said.
Seniors Safety Sessions will be held at community centres and libraries around the coast between now and June.
Seniors can register or get more information about the sessions here.