Educating Seniors and Caregivers to Prevent Crime
Chesterfield Triad strives to educate seniors and caregivers about programs, services, techniques and systems that help prevent crime against seniors and improve their quality of life. Chesterfield Triad gives seniors a voice when it comes to their personal safety and security and offers them an opportunity to socialize while learning ways to be safe and secure. Triad provides:
- Assistance by recruiting and training volunteers to assist with Senior Day and other programs
- Education by sponsoring crime prevention programs for older adults
- Forums for older adults to share needs and concerns in the community
- Helpful programs and service information to reduce fear and give moral support for older adults
Triad is an integral part of community policing, with a focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for older adults. Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the population. One in every eight Americans is already age 65 or older. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system as most communities experience a dramatic increase in the number of older adults. Nationwide, 95% of seniors live independently.
Membership and Volunteers
Chesterfield Triad is a partnership between Aging and Disability Services (Citizen Information and Resources), Fire and EMS, Police and Sheriff's Office well as individuals in the community and senior organizations. Join Chesterfield Triad by completing the membership application (PDF). View more information in the Chesterfield Triad brochure (PDF).
Volunteers Make a Difference
Volunteers are needed to fulfill our programs and to add more programs. There are currently hundreds of Triad volunteers across the Commonwealth of Virginia who assist with Triad activities on a regular basis. Chesterfield Triad is blessed with an active volunteer base which includes older adults as well as county employees who work to bring programs to the community. Volunteers help in many ways. Volunteers can:
- Assist with finding local speakers
- Get the word out in Chesterfield when a workshop or special event is coming up
- Help to man the Triad table at events and talking about our programs
- Help with Senior Day in May
- Help with workshops
- Secure funding for special projects and events
None of these programs could proceed without the tireless dedication of the volunteers who make these programs and activities possible.
Chesterfield Triad meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at:
North Courthouse Road Library
325 Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Virtual Meeting Videos
- The Importance of Aging Healthy - Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021
This month’s presenter is Deanna Scott from Elite Medicare Specialists. Scott discussed the importance of healthy aging and resources that exist within the community.
- What You Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor - Thursday, June 17, 2021
This month’s speaker is Larry Brock, Chesterfield County building inspector, who spoke on the topic of what you should know before hiring a contractor. This is something we all need to be aware of before we begin home improvements.
- Strength in Chesterfield - Thursday, May 20, 2021
For over 20 years, we have held the Annual Senior Day during May, which is Older Americans Month. Unfortunately, we have missed two years of celebrating seniors in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme for 2021 Older Americans Month was Strength in Communities. Linda Murphy with the Chesterfield Food Bank presented an overview of the numbers they serve within Chesterfield County program at the May 20 virtual meeting. The food bank has been the "Strength in Chesterfield" throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They have served so many families, seniors and children with nutritious food every week for the past 16 months.
- Chesterfield County Public Library - Thursday, April 15, 2021
The presenter for April is Barbara Ferrara, LaPrade branch manager for Chesterfield County Public Library. Ferrara will discuss features and benefits of the Chesterfield County Public Library, as well as resources available for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Update on Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts - Thursday, March 18, 2021
Jessica Robison, Chesterfield County emergency management coordinator, will provide an overview of the Chesterfield COVID-19 vaccine efforts, progress to date and next steps to meet COVID-19 vaccine demands.
- Older Adult Medication Safety - Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
This month, the guest speaker is Fiorella Carhuaz, education specialist for the Virginia Poison Center. Carhuaz provides valuable information on medication safety intended to help older adults who live independently without nursing care and are able to manage their own medications without assistance.
- 4-1-1 on 2-1-1 Virginia - Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Would you like to know what 2-1-1 Virginia does? Have you ever needed assistance but didn’t know where to call? If so, this presentation is for you! Participants will learn about the services of 2-1-1 Virginia and find out how they assist our community. Presented by Altise Street, 2-1-1 Virginia community engagement manager for United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.
Programs and Services
Triad provides programs on how to avoid criminal victimization, frauds and scams, home security information and elder abuse prevention.
File of Life
The program was developed by Triad to quickly and accurately provide important medical facts in the midst of a life-threatening emergency. Sometimes a patient in a medical emergency is unable to communicate important medical facts about themselves. The File of Life provides responding emergency personnel with a quick and accurate medical history. It is free! Access a File of Life form (PDF).
A File of Life kit contains a blank medical card, a plastic pocket and a decal. Kit instructions are as follows:
- The card should be filled out in pencil, to allow changes, with the patient's name, medical history, prescription information and emergency medical contact numbers.
- The medical card slips into the plastic magnetic pocket that protects the card and the patient's privacy.
- The entire magnetic pocket is attached to the outside of the refrigerator.
- The small, highly-visual decal is then attached to the front door or window to alert emergency personnel to the presence of the File of Life program.
Home Security Survey
Seniors residing in the county can learn how to improve their home security by arranging for Police or Sheriff's personnel to conduct a free home-security survey.
Project Lifesaver helps save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, dementia, Down syndrome and other related disorders. View more information about Project Lifesaver.
Each Project Lifesaver participant wears a personalized bracelet that emits a tracking signal, which enables trained rescue personnel to quickly locate them. In the last 18 years over 3,000 searches have been performed with a 100% success rate.
Senior Citizen Safety Programs
Chesterfield County's older adults may participate in safety and fraud-prevention programs offered by various county departments, the Better Business Bureau and the Office of the Attorney General.
Held on the first Wednesday in May, this free event presents a safety program and entertainment, while hosting 65 vendors that provide services for older adults.
Seniors in Touch
Adults aged 60 and older, who live alone and do not have family members living within a 60-mile radius, may have a representative of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office call or visit them weekly.
Telephone Reassurance Program
Older adults and disabled adults who live alone or feel isolated may sign up to have volunteers from the Aging and Disability Services office call them on a daily or weekly basis to verify their well-being. View more information about the Telephone Reassurance Program.
Yellow Dot Program
In the event of an accident, a Yellow Dot sticker on the rear window of a vehicle informs first responders that the glove compartment contains important medical information about the driver.
|Aging and Disability Services||804-768-7878|
|Adult Protective Services||888-832-3858|
|Better Business Bureau Senior Fraud Program||804-780-2222|
|Do Not Call Registry||888-382-1222|
|Fire and EMS,|
Community Programs Section
|Medicaid Fraud Control Unit||800-371-0824|
Crime Prevention Section
Community Relations Office
|State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance||804-786-2042|
|Virginia Consumer Protection Section||888-382-1222|
|Virginia Triad||Virginia Triad|
- Do not open your door to strangers
- Have a buddy system with your neighbors and join a Neighborhood Watch program
- If you or someone you know becomes a victim, call Chesterfield Police immediately
- Lock up, even when you’re home
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend
Preventing Consumer Fraud
- Always take your time when making a financial decision and do not be afraid to say no
- Beware of give-away and free prizes - there is usually a catch
- Offers that sound too good to be true usually are
- Report consumer fraud to the Attorney General’s Office and Chesterfield Police
Preventing Elder Abuse
- Be sure to investigate sources of elder care thoroughly
- Check the background of anyone who offers personal home care
- Do not be afraid to report elder abuse
- Look around at the facilities and other patients