Grant money to aid elderly in Central Illinois

By WEEK Producer

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Illinois American Water is helping keep senior citizens safe as we move into the new year.

The company handed out $12,000 in grant money to six Triad organizations in the state, including Tazewell and Peoria Counties. The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safety and to reduce the fear of crime that older adults often experience.

Peoria County Triad is using the money to buy more "file of life" packets.

"Senior citizens love them," said Triad board member Aimee Shinall. "It gives them an opportunity to sit down and take the time to write everything out. It doesn't just have your medicine, it has who your doctors are, your phone numbers, if you're allergic to anything, emergency contacts. It has a lot of information in there."

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the packets are a huge help to his police force in potential life or death situations.