For immediate release: Dec. 14, 2017
Contact: Rachel Senecal, NWDA Elders and People with Disabilities Unit/ TRIAD Coordinator
Southampton TRIAD to provide Sand for Seniors
The Southampton TRIAD group is announcing the rollout of its Sand for Seniors program. The group will deliver a bucket of sand directly to the homes of seniors who may have trouble getting a bucket on their own.
Buckets will be filled by representatives from the Southampton Police Dept., Southampton Fire Dept., the Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office Office on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Highway Department Garage at 8 Fomer Rd, Southampton, MA 01073. Delivery of the buckets will immediately follow.
The sand can be used to spread over slick ice to help prevent life-threatening falls. The project goal is to increase winter safety for homebound seniors or seniors who have mobility issues.
TRIAD is a community policing initiative between seniors, law enforcement, and service providers aimed at increasing safety through educational programs and crime prevention. Through TRIAD, Older adults gain from regular contact with their local police officers, direct involvement with crime prevention strategies and implementation of those initiatives. Law enforcement gains a better understanding of older adults crime related fears, issues that older adults face as they age in place within the community. The Southampton TRIAD group is comprised of representatives from the Southampton Senior Center, Southampton Police Department, Southampton Fire Department, Hampshire Sheriff Patrick Cahillane’s Office, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan’s Office, the Board of Health, and local seniors.
Any senior who is interested in receiving a bucket of sand, or in participating in the TRIAD program can call Southampton Senior Center director Joan Linnehan at (413) 529-2105 for more information.