Supporting safety for Cumberland County seniors

Darrell Cole
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Six-week safety academy coming to River Hebert

The Cumberland County police and senior's safety academy will run from April 15 until May 20 in River Hebert.

Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP and Cumberland County’s Senior Safety Co-ordinator Heather Carter look over plans for another senior’s safety academy that will run from April 15 to May 20 at the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home in River Hebert.

RIVER HEBERT – Cumberland County’s police senior’s safety academy is returning.

After successful academies in Amherst, Brookdale and Oxford, the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home in River Hebert will host the six-week academy that begins April 15 and concludes on May 20.

“This will be our fourth academy and they continue to be successful,” Const. Travise Dow said. “The purpose is to share knowledge, raise awareness and educate about various issues that could affect seniors.”

Senior’s Safety co-ordinator Heather Carter said the sessions are open to seniors ages 55 and over and it helps them learn about issues that are important to their health, safety and independence.

The academy has approximately 24 topics available. They are rotated around each of the academies so there’s a good variety at each session. While the last academy in  Oxford didn’t have the desired level of attendance, Dow said it’s about getting the message out to the community that the academy is available and it’s free of charge to attend..

“Each academy is a maximum of 10 topics. that allows us to go back every year and continue the conversation between seniors and the partner agencies. It let’s them know there’s a resource like Heather to contact with questions,” Dow said. “There are a lot of people who don’t know where or how to get the information. These academies help put a name with the face and give them some hands-on information.”

Carter said it can be as simple as knowing who to call for information or where to access paperwork required to apply for programs and services. She feels that once more learn what the academy offers more people will register.

The two-hour academies run each Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will cover a variety of topics including diabetes education, protecting your funeral plans, the power of attorney and wills, falls protection, vehicle and road safety, and a session on family, friends and neighbours.

There will be a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the program with entertainment and games for the participants.

The Senior’s Safety Program is funded by the provincial Senior’s Department, the Municipality of Cumberland the Town of Amherst with in-kind support from the Cumberland Health Authority and CANSA.

For more information on the academy, or to register, call 667-7484.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: Cumberland County, River Hebert, Amherst Oxford Brookdale

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