Cordova PD reaches out to seniors
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 24, 2013 | 1959 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith is implementing two new programs for senior citizens.

The first is “Good Morning,” which is open to residents 60 and older as well as adults with disabilities who live alone.

A member of the Cordova Police Department will call each participant between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day. If there is no answer, the person’s emergency contact will be notified. An officer will be dispatched to the residence if necessary.

Smith said “Good Morning” will provide some assurance to residents who do not have someone to check on them regularly. It is designed especially for those who are at risk of sudden illness, accidents or social isolation.

Smith started the program in Parrish two years ago. Although there were never any serious incidents, he believes the program did some good because of a Christmas card he received from a former participant after taking the job at Cordova.

“She told me that they had stopped it since I left and that the program came to her at a good point in her life and she really missed it,” Smith said.

Smith is also establishing an Alzheimer’s registration program.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve had several calls of someone either getting lost in their car or wandering away from home. I feel like it’s very important for us to identify these individuals in the community,” Smith said.

A loved one or caretaker wishing to register an Alzheimer’s patient will be asked to provide a photo of the person as well as his or her address and emergency contact information.

Smith said if there is enough interest in the program, the department may make identification bracelets for participants in the future.

For more information about the Good Morning or Alzheimer’s registration program, contact Smith at 483-7378.