TRIAD is a national organization initially started with the National Sheriffs' Association, the International Chiefs of Police, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 1988. Currently 47 states are involved in this program. In Hampshire county, 13 communities are actively involved with TRIAD. TRIAD is a community policing initiative between seniors, law enforcement, and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. Its goals are to:
Reduce criminal activity which targets seniors
Alleviate seniors’ fear of victimization
Build confidence and improve the quality of life
Enhance delivery of law enforcement services to older persons
SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) is TRIAD on the community level. In Amherst it is composed of elders, the Amherst Police Department, the Amherst Fire Department, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the Amherst Senior Center Director, the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), and home health and protective services personnel of other community and civic groups. The local SALT Council determines the needs of the community’s senior population as they relate to crime prevention and safety awareness, and coordinates activities to meet those needs. We endeavor to find ways to minimize the difficulties seniors face in a changing world. Working together, we try to find ways to provide information and self-defense strategies for Amherst's aging population. To participate in any program, please contact the town of Amherst Senior Center, 413-259-3060, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Produced in 2008 by the Amherst SALT Counsel, the Special Wishes Booklet is a document that you can print out or view on your computer that will assist in guiding you to make some decisions about your affairs, before your unable to do so. Included here are tips on Power of Attorney, Comfort Care / DNR documents, Wills and financial statements. To receive an printed copy of the Special Wishes Booklet please contact the town of Amherst Senior Center, 413-259-3060, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.