Making Cumberland safer for seniors

Darrell Cole
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Safety academy offered in Brookdale

Outgoing senior’s safety co-ordinator Cheryl Laliberte and the new co-ordinator Heather Carter (centre) look over plans for the senior’s safety academy with Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP. The academy begins Sept. 12 at the Brookdale Community Hall and runs for five weeks. 

BROOKDALE – Seniors are a very trusting demographic. Sometimes that makes them an ideal target for scammers and fraudsters.

A number of organizations are coming together beginning Sept. 12 to offer a number of sessions to better prepare them for whatever pitfalls they may face.

The 2013 Police and Seniors’ Safety Academy runs over five weeks at the Brookdale Community Hall and will cover a variety of topics including personal safety and self-defence, home safety and security, wills and power of attorney, fire safety, vehicle and road safety, frauds and scams, police investigations and Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“This is the second year for the program. Based on the success of the last program we decided to offer it again, this time in Brookdale,” Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP said. “The sessions were well attended and there was a good exchange of ideas and suggestions on how to increase safety and security for seniors.”

The academy, which has been offered in other communities across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, brings service providers and agencies together to provide information on crime prevention.

By attending the sessions, Dow said participants will learn a few tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime and help prevent the incidence of elder abuse and injuries in the home.

“One of the key reasons for the academy is to raise awareness among seniors of how to spot fraud and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or a scam,” outgoing senior’s safety co-ordinator Cheryl Laliberte said. “We also hope to prevent victimization by letting people know of the resources and agencies in the community and the roles of these organizations so they know where to turn when they need help.”

Dow said he hopes to hold additional safety academies in other parts of the county and has a checklist of other topics that can offered including EMO planning, addiction and gambling, active living, stress and wellness, home safety, VON Vial of Life and others.

To register for the Brookdale academy or to organize one somewhere else, contact Dow at 694-0514 or by email at .

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Safety Academy, Brookdale academy

Geographic location: Brookdale, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada

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