Triad and the Anderson Police Department are trying to get the Senior Link up and running again like it was a few years ago.
At one time we had over 300 seniors we called every month to check on their welfare. Many seniors are being neglected and do not know who to turn to for help.
Family members and friends have contacted Triad many times about terrible situations and they do not know where to go to get help. Senior Link could once again become a great resource for those families.
Cindy Carson, retired newspaper reporter, is our new Senior Link coordinator. We have several volunteers who will be making phone calls to check to see if seniors on the list have enough food, need help with their medications, or are being exploited, neglected or abused.
We have always encouraged seniors to pass on information to our volunteers about meth labs and other drugs and problems in their neighborhoods. There is information they might know about that could the APD should know.
The volunteers and Cindy will screen this information to see if we need to get APD involved or not.
At the next Triad meeting, Anderson Police Chief Larry Crenshaw will talk about what the police department can do to help our seniors.
Part of our program will be about issues concerning veterans and their dependents. The program is at 10:30 a.m on April 17 at the Mounds Mall in the theater area. The meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge.
We have been getting questions about whether surviving spouses are eligible for helping to pay for their housing. We will try and have somebody there to answer those kinds of questions.
It is also very disturbing how many of our veterans are committing suicide. A new bill sponsored by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is designed to make significant changes to military policy in an attempt to reduce the number of veteran suicides.