Friday, September 21, 2018

TRIAD offers opportunities for seniors to get involved in their community by Matt Pascarella

The Gorham/Westbrook/Windham TRIAD is made up of law enforcement, local businesses and seniors. Their mission is to reduce victimization of seniors through education and communication as well as improve their quality of life. Two individuals involved in the TRIAD are board secretary, Buffy Houp, and Chief Kevin Schofield of the Windham Police Department.

A field trip to the Military Museum in South Portland
Each month, a meeting is held featuring an educational speaker discussing different topics. One such topic is fraud awareness. Chief Schofield said this has been an issue that local law enforcement sees often, and he states that this is one of the various scams in which to promote awareness.

One program offered through the TRIAD is ‘Sand for Seniors’ to prepare for the winter months. Sand buckets are delivered by police offers to seniors for use on their porches and driveways.

“’Sand for Seniors’ is another way [police officers] can integrate ourselves into the community and meet people one-on-one. This is a year-round relationship we can provide to our seniors,” remarks Chief Schofield.

Another program that Chief Schofield, Houp and TRIAD members are trying to create is the ‘Rise and Shine’ program. This effort checks in on seniors who may not have a lot of local support; placing a call each day to a particular senior to see how they are doing and if they need anything makes a big difference.

While the TRIAD does provide a lot of education and important information, one of the more important aspects of being a TRIAD member is socialization and meeting community members.
“Everyone has a voice in the TRIAD. Being a part of the program means being part of the community. We do different events, like pancake breakfasts and field trips. The TRIAD is always looking to do more. The social aspect is just as important as the educational aspect; just come to a meeting,” commented Houp.

The TRIAD is a perfect organization where seniors can meet people and contribute to their community, have a good time, learn more about police and fire departments, EMTs and other community and TRIAD members. It can become much more than just a monthly meeting.

Upcoming meetings to look forward to include:

Oct 12th at the Westbrook Police Department – Safe Driving with Heather
Shields of Pathways Rehabilitation Services
Nov 9th at the Windham Police Department – Safety at Home with Angela
D’Amours of The Cedars
Dec 14th at the Gorham PD – Downsizing and Decluttering with Mary Holmes of Integrated Move Management

If there is a senior citizen interested in joining the TRIAD, please contact Chief Kevin Schofield (892-2525) or Buffy Houp (229-9050)

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