The following is a release from the Hinsdale Police Department:
The Hinsdale Police Department is pleased to announce a new initiative targeted for senior citizens, the You Are Not Alone (Y.A.N.A.) program. The intent of the program is to establish a relationship and opportunities for welfare checks by telephone for senior citizens who may live alone in the community. The program promotes peace of mind and a sense of security for the elderly or disabled who enjoy the independence of living alone, but may have no friends or family members available to check in on them with any consistency.
The Y.A.N.A. program will be coordinated by volunteer members of the police department, who have proposed the program’s implementation within the department. Participants in the Y.A.N.A. program will be contacted on a weekly basis to not only check on their welfare, but also to be personally informed of important crime prevention information or upcoming community events that would benefit the participant.
Police Chief Bradley Bloom said, “This new initiative offers an opportunity for the police to connect with a population group that largely is not relying upon the newest technological media for current information. Seniors living alone probably don’t have a facebook page, twitter account, or even email. This program allows the department to establish relationships with this population group.
According to the 2010 census data, approximately 8.5% of the Village of Hinsdale population are 65 years of age or older, and live alone.
To obtain more information about the program or register as a participant, visit the Hinsdale Police Department’s webpage: www.villageofhinsdale.org/pd for more information, visit the police department lobby, or call the police department at (630) 789-7070.