Black named new senior safety co-ordinator for Cumberland County

Program works for seniors facing issues and not knowing who to turn to

Published on July 22, 2014
Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department and Louise Stillman of the senior safety advisory group sit with Cumberland County senior safety program co-ordinator Courtney Black.

Cumberland County's senior safety program has a new co-ordinator with the appointment of Courtney Black.

AMHERST – Cumberland County’s senior safety program has a new co-ordinator.

Courtney Black was appointed to the position in late May and is looking forward to getting out in the community and sharing everything the program has to offer.

There are several seniors safety programs offered across Nova Scotia and Cumberland County is fortunate to have one of them. Among other things, the co-ordinator works closely with local police and RCMP to improve communication and make reporting easier for seniors.

“The program is perfect for those seniors who are facing an issue and are not sure who to call,” Black said. “We have access to many resources and contacts and can usually address the individual’s concern or at least point them in the right direction. We want seniors in this community to shape how our program develops, and direct contact is necessary in order to achieve this.”

The Senior Safety Program offers presentations to community groups on topics including housing, frauds and identity theft, abuse, falls prevention, wills, power of attorney, personal directives, dementia and Alzheimer’s, caregiver support, grants for seniors, home safety and security, Facebook and so on.

Please call 902-667-7484 or email

All services are free of charge and offered throughout the county.