Like most senior citizens, you want to maintain your lifestyle and independence. Keeping you safe during your golden years takes a few simple steps. Follow these tips to ensure that you are protected.
Out and about
· Ask your town’s senior services about transportation services.
· Tell someone where you are going & when you expect to return.
· Keep car doors locked.
· Be alert in parking lots and garages
· Have your keys ready when approaching your car or home.
· Do not carry packages that obstruct your view and make it hard to react.
· Carry a cell phone with you in case of emergency.
· If using public transportation, sit by the driver or an exit.
· Carry your purse close to your body; do not dangle it.
· Do not put a wallet in your back pocket; put it in front pants pocket or a pocket located inside of a coat.
· Do not carry credit cards you don’t need or large amounts of cash.
· Use direct deposit for social security and other checks.
· Work out a buddy system with a friend to check on each other daily.
· Do not keep your social security card on your person.
On the road
· Take a refresher driving course
· Make sure your car is safe to drive; have it checked by a trusted mechanic regularly.
· Schedule regular checks with your doctor for hearing, vision and general health.
· Use deadbolt locks on all doors and keep locked at all times.
· Use quality locks on windows and sliding doors.
· Be sure the number on your house is visible and lighted so that emergency personnel can find it quickly.
· Do not hide keys around the outside of the house.
· Never open the door or let strangers into your home without checking their identification.
· Know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
· Trim trees and shrubs to eliminate hiding places for thieves.
· Keep the exterior of the home well lit.
· Install outside lights equipped with motion detectors.
· Use timers on lamps to create the impression of an occupied home.
· Keep an updated list of medications, amounts you take and how often you take them on you at all times, as well as an emergency contact number
· Do talk with your family or friends about your wishes in case of an emergency and set up a plan in the case you are unable to make decisions.
· Do contact your town's Municipal Agent for the Elderly for confidential help for resources, including help in your home, ways to save money of food, help with prescriptions, etc.
· Do call your town to ask about Property Tax Relief, Renter's Rebate, and Energy Assistance programs.
· Do call 2-1-1 if you are having difficulty with issues concerning food, housing, employment, health care or counseling.
· Do call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency and you need police, fire or ambulance services.
The Canton Police Department and Senior/Social Services
Christopher Arciero – Chief of Police
Claire Cote – Senior/Social Services Coordinator