Scams, elder abuse and pensions are all addressed in a free diary aimed at keeping seniors informed of their legal rights.

Brad Hazzard encouraged seniors to pick up a free copy of the ‘Legal topics for older people’ diary to help them plan for the year ahead.

“Older people are the backbone of the Wakehurst community,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This free diary is an amazing resource for seniors in our community. It provides a one-stop-shop for information about everything from retirement villages, family finances and the pension, to elder abuse and scams.”

Attorney General Mark Speakman said this publication will help seniors understand their rights during this once in a century pandemic.

“One of the hard earned lessons of this year was that when disaster strikes, it is critical that people have access to the legal help and information they need,” Mr Speakman said.

Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said the 2021 diary will support seniors in countering the scourge of elder abuse.

“Older Australians across our State have a right to feel safe and to be treated with dignity. That’s why this year’s diary contains important information about how to identify elder abuse, and details about where you or your family can get help,” Dr Lee said.

The diary will keep readers up-to-date with events like the NSW Seniors Festival, NSW Grandparents Day and 2021 school holiday periods. Importantly, it will also provide referral details to relevant legal and non-legal services that can assist older people with their concerns and provide them with avenues for support.

Diaries will be available from the Wakehurst Office in Dee Why, Legal Aid NSW offices, libraries and selected community organisations from 20 January 2021.

Distribution of the diary will focus on reaching older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and older people living in regional and remote areas of NSW.

For the first time, Legal Aid NSW will also produce a free calendar for older people, including useful legal information and tips.

Orders for the diary and calendar can be made here from 11 January 2021.