A. Identify, develop, and strengthen neighborhood connections through formalized neighborhood groups, HOAs and other neighbor-based programs to increase safety.
B. Inform residents, service providers, and first responders about safety issues for older adults and encourage appropriate referrals including reports to Police, Adult Protective Services, Community Protection Division of the County Attorney’s office, or local resource staff.
C. Utilize existing volunteer groups (such as local senior advisory councils, money management programs, etc.) to promote safety, convey information, and provide assistance in personal, financial, and environmental safety where needed.
D. Begin a robust conversation around issues of individual capacity (with respect to dementia, mental illness, stroke, medication, and other permanent or temporary factors) as it relates to personal safety and related service demands and resource issues.
E. Continue to ensure that legal services are available and affordable.
F. Ensure a credible, current, and accessible source of information for individuals and communities about fraud, scams, internet dangers, identity theft and other crimes against older adults and where they can turn for resources and support.
G. Encourage individuals and communities to prepare themselves and their homes for emergency situations.
H. Identify and develop specific strategies to assist rural/mountain dwelling older adults with safety concerns, especially in times of disaster or extreme weather events.