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Safety academies return to Amherst, Oxford

The Cumberland County Senior’s Safety Program is working with the Amherst Police Department and the Cumberland RCMP to offer safety academies in Amherst and Oxford beginning later this month.

Furlong-Jones Funeral Home and W. Allen Funeral Home are joining forces with law enforcement agencies and Cumberland County’s senior safety co-ordinator to host a pair of senior safety sessions in Amherst and Oxford beginning later this month. Weston Jones of Furlong-Jones, Leoard Allen of W. Allen Funeral Home and Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department look over plans for the academy with senior safety co-ordinator Heather Carter.

AMHERST – The Cumberland County Senior’s Safety Program is working with the Amherst Police Department and the Cumberland RCMP to offer safety academies in Amherst and Oxford beginning later this month.

Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP was recently approached by Weston Jones of the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home and Leonard Allen of the W. Allen Funeral Home in Oxford to partner in offering sessions to the public.

“Our senior safety program appears to be a perfect fit for what they are looking for,” senior safety co-ordinator Heather Carter said. “With the partnership, both W. Allen Funeral Home and Furlong-Jones have offered to provide the facility as well as a luncheon at the end of each session.”

Carter said with business and community organizations’ support, the senior safety program is able to promote its services, open doors to communication and provide information and education to encourage a safety and healthier senior population.

Weston Jones of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home said the funeral home often deals with seniors who are going through difficult times.

“During that time we hear stories of what they’re going through and we thought it would be a good way to reach out to the families we serve and help that another time other than a time of death,” Jones said.

Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department said previous senior safety academies have proven very popular.

The first one was held last year at the Amherst Lions Club and had more than 20 participants.

“They were really excited about it and encouraged us to have another one,” Wood said. “We’ve brought back some of the programs from last year with a few variations so they won’t be hearing what they heard last year. We’re also bringing in some new programs.”

The Amherst sessions, at Furlong-Jones at 70 Church St., begin Oct. 31 and run for five weeks with sessions on fire safety, frauds/scams, age-friendly communities, self-defence, safe driving, wills and the power of attorney, protecting your funeral plans and emergency planning with the Red Cross.

The Oxford sessions, at W. Allen Funeral Home at 60 Water St., begin Oct. 29 and also run for five weeks. Sessions include personal safety, frauds/scams, senior’s health, addictions/gambling/substance abuse and medication theft, crime prevention and investigation, wills and the power of attorney, recognizing the signs of dementia and protecting your funeral plans.

To register, or for more information, contact Carter at 667-7484.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Police Department, Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, Amherst Lions Club Red Cross

Geographic location: Amherst, Oxford

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