FREE 2017 DIARY TO HELP REGION’S SENIORS PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS

Monday, 5 December 2016

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is encouraging seniors across the region to pick up a free copy of a 2017 diary that can help them navigate legal issues.

Mr Marshall said the diary is a handy resource to give seniors access to the right information, services and support when and where they need it.

The 2017 Legal Aid diary for seniors has just been launched by Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and copies are now available in Mr Marshall’s electorate offices in Armidale and Moree.

Mr Marshall said his office could also post diaries out to those seniors who couldn’t get to either office.

“Each year, Legal Aid NSW produces a Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary packed with essential information for seniors about their rights and responsibilities,” Mr Marshall said.

“It explains everything from reverse mortgages to what gifts seniors can give without affecting their pension, and what they can do if adult children don’t want to leave home.

“The diary can help older people stay safe and knowledgeable in an ever-changing world.

“Con artists often target our vulnerable and senior citizens and the diary has information on avoiding scams and browsing the internet safely so they’re better armed with dealing with unscrupulous approaches.

“It also explains new laws that impact on seniors and has a section for older motorists about road rules and safe driving.”

The diary, which is produced in large print, contains literary quotes about getting older and short snippets of “did you know” information, such as eligibility for a Seniors Card or how to provide for pets in a will.

Mr Marshall said the diary was an invaluable resource for older people who sometimes struggle to know where to turn for advice on issues that are increasingly important at this stage of their lives.

Mr Marshall commended Legal Aid NSW on the release of the diary, which is a key outcome of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020.

Copies are also available online, via the order form at www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/publications/order-a-publication

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