50+ Action Plan: Safety and Security
Increasing consumer fraud targeted at older adults, the devastating impact of emergency situations on our most vulnerable residents, and the loss of life due to fires are frequent topics in the media and in our own homes.
Between 2002 and 2004, adults 65 and over accounted for 37 percent of fire deaths in Fairfax County but comprised only 8 percent of the total population.
Increase education about consumer fraud tactics and what older adults
need to know to avoid and report these
Support an ongoing promotion of Fairfax County’s emergency preparedness efforts for special
populations, including older adults. These initiatives include
emergency communication, transportation and sheltering plans.
- Build upon Fire and Rescue’s Every Step of the Way/ Seniors Life Safety Education Program (PDF).