Zeno Pfau (above), 78, works 35 hrs. each week as a volunteer with the Mansfield Police Department's "Senior Services program." (I had lunch with Zeno today to learn more about Mansfield's program.) In Mansfield, any older adult who would like to receive a "Wellness Check" via telephone, text, or email can sign up for this free service. So far ~225 people have signed up. The Senior Services program was established in early 2015 at the request of the Mansfield Police Chief, who tapped Zeno to assist in setting up the program and Zeno now runs the program. Every enrollee receives a call or text or email at least once a month to be sure that all is well and to inquire if the enrollee needs any kind of assistance or has any questions. If Zeno is unable to reach the resident after several tries, an Officer is sent to the home to ensure that all is okay. And Zeno is available to enrollees on most weekdays to answer any questions they have about City services, etc. He answers and assists in a multitude of ways. (Zeno spends additional volunteer hours by participating with Citizens Police Academy & Citizens on Patrol, transporting official vehicles where they need to go for repairs or other reasons, directing traffic at events, etc.). I was so impressed by Zeno's dedication to his community. If we had 100 Zeno's we could change the world!
In addition, Mansfield Police Department's Community Resource Division (the Senior Services program falls under this umbrella) will send a police office to conduct:
[Note: I posted this info because it's interesting to see what our neighbor cities do for their older residents. I will make a similar posting soon to reflect what services the City of Arlington offers. I've been told that our uniformed Firefighters will make Fall Prevention Surveys, etc. but I need to get clarification before I can speak with authority.]
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.