In 2020, using the second round of funding from the Department of Justice’s Integrated Services Fund, Seniors Rights Victoria will deliver talks to around 30 groups of older people around the importance of planning for the future.
Most of these presentations will be for people living with dementia and their carers and families, while others will be to people from particular culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups. The focus this year will be on working with people from Chinese, Greek and Vietnamese backgrounds.
We will continue to work closely with Dementia Australia, and are also strengthening our links with groups including Chinese Community Social Services Centre and the Indochinese Elderly Refugee Association.
The talks will highlight the importance of talking to people close to you about what your wishes are for the future. This includes wishes related to financial, personal and medical decisions. The talks will be delivered by advocates and lawyers from Seniors Rights Victoria.
In addition to highlighting the importance of ‘having the conversation’, information will be provided about the various avenues available to people who want to formalise their wishes in legal documents such as powers of attorney and advanced care directives. There will also be opportunities for attendees to make appointments to discuss their personal situation and make tailored powers of attorney.
To find out more about this project, please call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821. Please note that we are considering how to run this project in light of the physical distance requirements imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.