With a full-time Social Services Department, a local health-care facility, a police force and ambulance service through the town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department, the town already has quite a few resources for senior citizen safety.
This Tuesday, however, the town will celebrate a new initiative to further coordinate and augment its approach to senior safety, whether it be physical, medical or criminal in nature.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., numerous local officials, town employees, business leaders and state Attorney General George Jepsen will help the town kick-off its triad program, a national initiative in which at least three elements of society, such as police, social services and seniors, work together on relevant issues.
“We’re really enthusiastic about it,” said Ashley Criniti, who as an intern with the Senior and Social Services office, helped bring the program to Canton.
Since November, members of a S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors & Law Enforcement Together) have worked on launching the triad program.
Tuesday one of the first efforts of the council, the Yellow Dot program, will be unveiled.
Under the program, a sticker with pertinent medical information will be place on the rear windshield of seniors’ vehicles.
Like the home-based vial of life program, it will provide emergency responders with valuable information should a senior have an accident or medical emergency while on the road.
The kick-off will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 22. It will feature a free continental breakfast provided by Cherry Brook Health Care, more food from the Bagel Deli, remarks from guest speakers, including Jepsen, and entertainment by Canton High School musical groups. It takes place at the Canton Senior Center (downstairs in the community center) 40 Dyer Avenue, Collinsville.
The public is invited.
RSVP are Suggested to the Senior & Social Services Office at (860) 693-5811.