2011-12-28 / Opinion

Working together for safety

As another year comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, visions of what we’ve accomplished since Christmas-past dance through our heads.

Merrymeeting Bay TRIAD elves have, indeed, been busy bringing tools to older residents to make them safer and more savvy about potential risks and those who would take advantage of them.

Only by working together with its partners’ elves could TRIAD bring or participate in the many outreach and education programs that we delivered throughout the Mid-coast area in 2011.

The “tools” were designed to provide skills in safe driving as we age; how to avoid fraudulent solicitations and scams that target the older population, including financial security risks; to provide “Go Bags” and other emergency preparedness tips; and facilitate safe disposal of unused medications — to name a few.

Partners include the Bath and Brunswick police departments; Sagadahoc and Cumberland county sheriffs’ departments; town officials who support our programs; Elder Abuse Task Force; Bath, Brunswick and Richmond senior centers; Maine Office of Securities; and a consortium of elder service and health care agencies — to name just a few.

Soon 2012 will be upon us, and TRIAD’s work will continue. A goal for the coming year is to reach more people, especially those who live in isolated areas.

Another goal is to increase awareness about keeping our communities and neighbors safe. Borrowing from an oft-heard Christmas message … “We’d better watch out” for one another.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the multitude of partners (too many to mention) and volunteers who make all of this happen, and especially to The Times Record for carrying our message.

Anyone wanting information about TRIAD can contact us by email at lewicon@comcast.net or rbanks36@comcast.net. You also could contact your local law enforcement office to ask for a TRIAD representative.

You may also call People Plus at 729- 0757 and leave a message for TRIAD, thanks to this partner’s generous offer for this service and use of their facility on Union Street in Brunswick.

On behalf of Merrymeeting Bay TRIAD, I wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!

Connie Lewis, Harpswell

Editor's Note: Merrymeeting Bay TRIAD is a coalition of police, fire, rescue departments, the Maine Attorney General's Office, senior services and seniors in the community working to reduce criminal risks to the senior population. Its aim is to reduce crimes that affect older citizens and to promote the enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to these mature persons. “Catch Your Eye” is an occasional column designed to educate readers about potential risks or provide updates about TRIAD programs.


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