fbpx

Newsroom

 

Latest News

Parliament

Media Releases

Media Release – Seniors Mental Health Still Suffers, More Support Is Needed

Apr 23, 2021 | Media Releases, News

Rod Barton MP has been speaking with support workers in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and has found one issue is consistently brought up, the mental of our senior population.

“Our support workers at the coal face, are finding it incredibly difficult to get seniors back out and about and engaging with the community. This concerns me deeply,” says Mr Barton.

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have seen a new light shone on mental health. Many have struggled because of lockdowns, financial struggles and pandemic anxiety.

Unfortunately, the resources provided to address these issues have failed to account for the tailored supports required by our senior population.

Support workers are seeing worrying trends of isolation, anxiety and depression among seniors in their community.

“I have heard of QR codes being a confusing and embarrassing enough process for some seniors that would rather stay home to avoid the stress of it all. There needs to be greater outreach tailored at supporting seniors in embracing our COVID-normal.”

“When the health and wellbeing of our elderly population declines, this places pressure on younger generations and affects the entire community. We must do better”

Mr Barton will continue to advocate for a tailored response to seniors mental health and will be working with neighbourhood houses in his electorate to advocate for better community resources.

ENDS

Media contact: Norm Dunn, Chief of Staff Rod Barton MP, 0438 175 113 Norm.dunn@parliament.vic.gov.au

Share this:

Related News

Uber Privacy Act Breaches

Uber Privacy Act Breaches

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (18:12): (1425) My adjournment tonight is for Minister Carroll, the Minister for Public Transport. On 23 July this year the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner determined that Uber interfered with the privacy...

Barton Supports Royal Commission Delivering Its Findings

Barton Supports Royal Commission Delivering Its Findings

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (14:26): I rise to speak on Mr O’Donohue’s motion 603. For the following reasons I will not be supporting this motion. This sends a very poor message to the public. It is saying that the Parliament does not have confidence in the royal...

What Does a Level Playing Field Look Like?

What Does a Level Playing Field Look Like?

My question is to Minister Pulford representing the Minister for Transport. Across the country, we are seeing the provision of wheelchair accessible vehicles reduce rapidly. Recently, WA Taxi Operators in Broome and Geraldton have closed or reduced their services....