Reducing Crime Against the Elderly
What is Triad?
TRIAD is a program philosophy that focuses on reducing criminal victimization of older persons and enhancing the delivery of law enforcement services to these individuals. TRIAD truly believes that senior citizens should be able to feel safe in their own communities. The philosophy sees law enforcement, older volunteers, and social and aging network professionals come together to assess the needs and concerns of seniors in their community. The original choice of the word “TRIAD”, which means “group of three”, was chosen because it represents the National Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, and the American Association of Retired Persons. These three founding groups signed a cooperative agreement to encourage growth of local TRIADs and to sponsor annual meetings to provide information and support local community leadership. The TRIAD program at the local level is not limited to just these three organizations.
History of TRIAD
The TRIAD concept was begun in the 70’s in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, by Sheriff Charles Fuselier. TRIAD has since grown to become a national program.
The Illinois State TRIAD was formed in 1990 in recognition of the need to guide a statewide response to the critical issue of crime against older persons. The TRIAD is composed of state and local law enforcement, aging, and other professional organizations. The Illinois State TRIAD was one of the first statewide TRIADs in the nation. The Attorney General has placed high on his list of priorities the organization of new TRIADs throughout the state.
Southeast Kane County TRIAD Group
The Southeast Kane County TRIAD was formed in September of 1997, and is sponsored by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Police Department, Montgomery Police Department, Fox Valley Park District Police and the North Aurora Police Department. TRIAD is also supported by the Aurora Chapter of AARP, Visiting Nurses Association, Provena Mercy Hospital, Aurora Christian Services, Aurora Housing Authority, Aurora Manor Nursing Home, Aurora Township, First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, Family Counseling, and Senior Services Associates, Inc.
Purpose and Goals
The purpose and goals of TRIAD are:
- To increase awareness of crimes against senior citizens.
- To sponsor programs for senior citizens to reduce fear of crime and educate older citizens about preventive measures they can take to protect themselves.
- To emphasize abuse, neglect, and exploitation of senior citizens as crimes.
- To improve communication and understanding between seniors and law enforcement.
- To improve communication and understanding of the different roles of elder abuse agencies, and other appropriate organizations.
Senior Safety Academy
The academy, sponsored by the Southeast Kane County TRIAD, consists of six weekly mini-seminars on topics important to the safety, health, and welfare of seniors. Each session is approximately two hours long, and has two speakers. The facilitators for each session are local persons knowledgeable in their field. Light refreshments and a door prize are offered at each session.
Senior Safety Academies are usually offered at least once a year. Registration is limited, and classes fill up quickly. If you are interested in attending an academy, or just want more information, please give the Southeast Kane County TRIAD a call.
Some topics covered are:
- Frauds and scams
- Medications and interactions
- Living wills
- Power of attorney for health care
- Personal safety and home security
- Long term care planning
- Medicare benefits
- Senior living options
A graduation ceremony is held on the final day and certificates handed out to those participants that have attended each session.
Emergency Medical Information Card
The Emergency Medical Information Card was one of the first TRIAD programs. The Emergency Medical Information Card enables emergency personnel to obtain a quick medical history when the patient is unable to offer one. The card, which attaches to your refrigerator with magnets, lists the patient’s name, emergency medical contacts, insurance information and social security numbers, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, doctor’s name, and health care proxy.
The Emergency Medical Information Card provides a substantial preventive step that seniors can take.
Benefits to police officers
- Faster help for citizens in emergencies.
- Maximum use of officers’ time.
Benefits to paramedics
- Instantly know medical history of patient.
- Corrective treatment can begin at once.
Benefits to emergency room staff
- Data is immediately available to medical staff.
- No wasted time trying to locate family doctor.
Benefits to each individual
- Peace of mind knowing they will have prompt care.
- Easy access to life-saving information.
- Assurance that proper persons will be notified quickly.
For information on how to obtain an Emergency Medical Information Card for yourself or your group, please call (630) 256-5208.