Seventeen additional Loudoun residents have stepped up to advocate for seniors since the Loudoun County Commission on Aging (COA) launched its Community Ambassador Program in June 2014. The program represents a partnership among county service organizations, volunteers, and local law enforcement, as a three-part (TRIAD) team to promote programs that enhance the health and safety of Loudoun’s seniors.
TRIAD ambassadors solicit feedback and disseminate educational information in senior living communities or groups. Scams and crimes targeting seniors, fraud, and health care are critical areas for which the growing population of seniors needs assistance and resources. Often, help is needed to navigate the administrative layers that cause delays when searching for answers. Community ambassadors can provide resources to seniors for issues including caregiving, suspicious calls, nutritional assistance, affordable prescription plans, fire alarms, battery checks, and transportation.
Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging Director Dr. Lynn Reid told volunteer ambassadors (at a recent training session), “You can extend our eyes and ears into the community.” Mary Ellen Bowers, a community ambassador at Potomac Green, relates, “I am excited to be part of an innovative program to provide tips and resources to protect and inform our residents.” New Potomac Green resident Gerald Hamilton reports that “The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office daily crime reports opened my eyes to the staggering number of fraud cases.”
A total of thirty-two volunteers have been trained to educate the community, and the COA is seeking even more ambassadors to help ensure that all Loudoun seniors have access to the program’s resources. If you are interested in representing seniors in your local community, contact Debra Bressler at email@example.com or call 703-777-0257 for more information.