The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with The Lincoln County Council on Aging (LCCOA) recently hosted and graduated 32 senior citizens who completed the Sheriff’s Office Senior Citizens Academy. The Senior Citizens Academy is open to all Lincoln County seniors free of charge and is designed to inform attendees of elderly issues and programs.
"We created this year’s academy to show seniors how they might become victims of specific crimes," said Sheriff John Cottle. "We invited speakers in their respective areas of expertise to explain and educate senior victimization and present programs tailored for their needs."
The academy was suspended in 2010 because of budgetary reasons; however, the Sheriff is committed to expanding the program in the coming years. “I noticed many senior citizens could not make the academy in Troy because of the lack of transportation. Well, that is not going to happen next year, we are going to them,” said Cottle.
The Sheriff’s Office will conduct an awareness campaign early next summer informing Lincoln County Seniors where the closest academies making transportation possible. “If transportation is still an issue I will pick them up,” said Cottle.
The three-hour classes met July 29th through July 31st. Participants learned of the most recent mail fraud scams and driver safety. In addition, they received eye and hearing screenings free of charge.
Thanks to Lincoln County businesses and organizations the academy was success. The Sheriff’s Office thanks Angela Quinn and Derek Betty from Walgreens; Allison Opp from Hometown Hearing and Audiology; Dr. Kurt Fink from Finklang Eye Health Associates; Alisha DeSpain from the Department of Health and Senior Services; Tom Kerns from the United States Postal Inspector’s Office; and Chief Mike Cherry with the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1.
The Senior Citizens' Academy is more than just a series of lectures. It includes visual presentations, question and answer sessions, tours, games, and a variety of practical exercises they participate in. “The goal is for our program to grow each year and be highly educational, fun, and interactive,” said Cottle.
If you are interested in registering for next year’s program or hosting an academy please telephone Lieutenant Luke Wicks at 528-8546.