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Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland was established in May 2015 to provide a tailored service to older people, their families/carers and practitioners across Scotland. We aim to protect older people from harm and abuse, by:

  • raising awareness of the issue
  • providing information, advice and support to victims and those concerned about them
  • promoting research and collecting and disseminating information relating to elder abuse within Scotland, the UK and internationally
  • providing training and education
  • campaigning for the best possible support and prevention framework.

We do this in a range of ways, by lobbying and working with statutory organisations and policy-makers, by making alliances with similar-minded organisations to increase awareness and collaboration, by supporting individuals and their families, and by working with the media to raise awareness.

AEA Scotland’s work is tailored to the unique Scottish adult support and protection framework, and guided by our local advisory group. Our advisory group currently include the following members:

  • Paul Comley, National Adult Protection Coordinator
  • Ronnie Barnes, AEA Trustee
  • David Borrowman, Senior Partner (Caesar and Howie)
  • Glenda Watt, Convener (Scottish Older People’s Assembly)
  • Hamid Gazem, Trading Standards (South Ayrshire)
  • Mary Notman, Adult Protection Coordinator (Perth and Kinross Council)
  • Gillian Irving, Team Leader – Psychiatry of Old Age (NHS Tayside)
  • Carolyn Wyllie, Assistant Area Manager – Adult Wellbeing (East Lothian Council)
  • Jacqueline Thompson, Nurse Consultant – Older People (NHS Tayside)
  • Gordon McLaren, Consultant in Public Health Medicine (NHS Fife)

We also work closely with our sister organisations in AEA Northern Ireland, AEA Cymru and AEA England, as well as coming together as a UK-wide charity.