MY SILVER CREEK

Keep it Safe 

 

SENIOR'S SAFETY Jan 16

My Silver Creek  
PRP - SAFETY TIPS AND SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE

 

 

Signs of elder abuse

 

- Suspicious or unexplained fractures, bruises, injuries

 

- Malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, inappropriate or insufficient clothing

 

- No access to their money, unusual request by the senior to withdraw money or large amounts of money missing from their bank account

 

- Fear and anxiety associated with family, friends and/or caregivers

 

- Lack of proper medication or over-medication

 

- Being forcibly confined to their room or home

 

- Lack of prostheses such as dentures, glasses, hearing aids or walkers

 

- Lack of comfort and stimulation such as books, television, music or companionship

 

- Unpaid bills or dissappearance of valuables such as jewelry, paintings, furniture or clothing

 

If you recognize these signs in your life or in the live of someone you know;  if you suspect someone you know is a victim of Elder Abuse, you can report it anonymously to Peel Crime Stoppers.  The number to call is 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Source:  Peel Regional Police

 


 

National Seniors’ Safety Week: November 6 – 12, 2007

Empowering Seniors to Live in Safety


Today, seniors are enjoying the possibility of living independently and remaining in their homes for longer periods of time.  Since some seniors may still be regarded as vulnerable or “easy-targets” for certain scams or crime, Canada Safety Council has dedicated its Senior Safety Awareness Week ( November 6 – 12, 2007 ) to the empowerment of seniors living independently.  Education and preparedness can enable seniors and their families, to have peace of mind and a sense of confidence when it comes to safety.

 

Here are some timely reminders of preserving that sense of security:

 

Secure your home: Have a well-lit exterior and ensure that the exterior lights are not accessible and will not be tampered with.  Have your windows visible from the street.  Reinforce doors and doorframes.  Keep all doors and windows locked and curtains drawn.  Keep valuables and money at the bank.


Know your Community: Have a good sense of your surroundings including your neighbours’ habits and vehicles and report suspicious activity.  Consider joining a Neighborhood Watch program. 


Do not open the door to strangers: No matter how well-dressed or kind strangers appear to be, do not unlock your door (even to the police) until you have taken all precautions to verify and confirm their identity.  There are many deceptions used to have seniors lower their guard and unlock the door; so be sure and be safe. 

 

The weakest link in home security is when the occupant fails to lock up or opens the door to strangers.  Seniors should practice role-playing different scenarios of having someone waiting on the other side of a locked door as you question them, until it becomes second nature.  If you become a victim, don’t fight back.  Instead, get a good description of the intruder.


When Out and About Walking or Shopping: Try to walk or shop with companions.  Keep your money close to you and never leave it unattended.  Don’t carry more cash than is necessary.  Have your key ready when returning to your car or your home.  If you are attacked, make as much noise as possible; do not pursue your attacker. 


Other Tips: Be unpredictable. Vary your daily routine and outings.  Consider giving the illusion of someone else living at home, such as a pair of big boots at the front door.  Consider an alarm or personal monitoring system to use for emergencies.  A monitoring system (worn as a pendant or wristband) offers the possibility of summoning help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It can help in a medical emergency and can offer reassurance when needed.


Telemarketing Scams

 

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to telemarketing scams.

The Canada Safety Council has some advice for seniors when dealing with phone solicitations:

 

- Never give personal information to someone on the phone unless you initiated the call.  Simply keep the rule of thumb that you will contact the company directly and provide the necessary information.

 

- If the caller claims to have a free prize for you, never accept to pay handling or shipping fees.  This is a red flag as you should not have to send money for something that is free.


- Limited time offers may be pressure tactics.  Always take the position that you need time to think about it and if you are still interested, you can call back.  Ask how you may be able to contact the caller back.


- If a caller tries to convince you to not discuss this offer or service with anyone else, this is a warning sign.  All the more reason to discuss this with family and friends.

 

- It is best to have the verbal phone offer in writing.  If they are not willing to offer you this service, do not deal with them.


Whether it is for magazine subscriptions, vacation packages, home-contractor offers, charity requests or free winnings, know to hang up when the conversation becomes a pressured sales pitch.  Role playing with family or friends will help you practice ending unwanted calls.  You don’t need to explain yourself or apologize….just be firm and hang up.

 

_______________________________________________________________________

 

LIFELINE


If you:

- Are home alone on a frequent basis

- Are at risk for falls

- Use adaptive devices to assist you with walking

- Are managing a medical condition

 

Maybe this service can help.  It is called Lifeline.  A small device you wear as a pendant or a wristband.  If you need assistance, all you have to do is to press a button.  It may mean peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

 

All the information is available on this website:

www.lifeline.ca

 

Or you can call:

Lifeline Systems Canada, Inc.

Toll-free: 1-800-543-3546

 


 

Comments: 0

Add a comment

Name: E-mail:    
Comment:
Email again:

Peel Regional Police

Crime Prevention Services

905-453-3311 - Ext. 4021

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 905-453-3311

TDD: 905-451-1196


PEEL POLICE & COMMUNITY

WORKING TOGETHER

POLICE ALERT


Chain Email

(March 24, 2010)

E-mail account take-over Alert

(December21, 2009)

Grandparent Scam Fraud Alert

(December 7, 2009)

Lotery Scam Alert

(October 26, 2009)

Family and Friends Fraud Alert

(October 21, 2009)


 

Catalytic Converters

A hot commodity in the black market  

 "Try to park your vehicle in a safe and secure place, where a stranger with a saw would be instantly suspect.   When possible, keep your car in the garage, instead".

MOST WANTED

Have you seen them?

Peel's Most Wanted

 Robbery Bureau

Top 10 Most Wanted

 

311service

Questions & Answers

 

Click here

 Get involved!

We can make a difference!

 

ON LINE PETITION FOR CANADA-WIDE HANDGUN BAN

PLEASE SPREAD THE NEWS

 

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY

If you have a fireplace, woodstove or use gas logs/furnace, make sure you have an operable UL approved carbon monoxide detector.

 

Road Watch

Report aggressive driving

STAY TUNED 

 Tuesday nights>7:30 pm 

GTA's Most Wanted

Watch the latest episode 

(First aired: July 9, 2009)

 A partnership among Peel Regional Police, Rogers Television and other Police Agencies across the GTA, to make our Region a Safer Community.   A show intended to engage the public to help the police apprehend suspects and criminals.  

 The Police Show, produced by the Peel Regional Police, is a weekly half-hour TV show featuring the latest news, as well as legal and crime prevention issues.  

Stay Tuned.  Visit Rogers Television for more information...

Ontario's Bill 118,

"Hands-Free" Law in full effect

 You risk a $155 fine if caught dialing and driving.   It's Ontario's law against using handheld devices like cellphones while driving.

Use voice mail and respond to the call at a safer time." 

Remember, "You'll survive a missed phone call; you might not survive a collision!"

 This safety tip was brought to you by

 Transport Canada

 

GRAFFITI

 READ IT, RECORD IT, REPORT IT, REMOVE IT  

If you see it in our neighbourhood, please let me know and I will take care of it.  If you see graffiti in progress, please call 9-1-1. 

You can also follow the link below to fill a

Graffiti Report and submit it on line

Do you have a PC at home?  Did you know that only 28% of parents are aware that their children use Instant Messaging?  Click on the logo below to learn more about this Internet 101 Tool Kit.

CAMPAIGN IN EFFECT  

 Pedestrian Safety  

I Am Not A Target

- I make eye contact with drivers

- I listen to what's around me

- I look left-right-left before crossing the street, and continue looking as I cross 

 

Learn how to

SAFELY STORE AND TREAT WATER

Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Know the risks /  Make a plan /  Prepare a kit

____________________________________________

Support our Troops

 Gallery of our fallen soldiers in Afghanistan

 Peel Regional Police pay tribute to our officers serving in Afghanistan

____________________________________________

(Picture©Anabela)

"What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.  It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.  It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."  Crowfoot

__________________________________

QUICK LINKS

 Mississauga Weather

Green Jelly Transport Travel Passenger Airplane Icon Check your flight status

 Currency Converter 

Calculator for anything  & everything 

Small Globe Need a map?  Google it or Bing it  

free car icon Road Conditions 

Check out live highway traffic conditions in Toronto and Peel Region, courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation highway cameras.  Click here.

Drive Safely.

KIJIJI  - Canada's top free local classifieds site

 

__________________________________

Information on video

Watch now...

__________________________________

GIVING BACK

  

 Raising money to help breast cancer patients

 

Be a life saver!  Donate blood!

With one visit only, you can save three lives.

Find a clinic...

UNICEF

Somewhere... there's a child in need.

Click to Give Free Food

Mississauga Humane Society

Please help saving a pet's life!