March 23, 2013
Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM CST
BARTONVILLE, Ill -- Senior safety was the focus at Limestone high school Saturday.
More than 60 vendors were set up for "Safety of Seniors Day."
The Bartonville Police Department put on the 15th annual program to help protect seniors during the aging process.
Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel says more than half of the village's population is elderly, so it's important for seniors to learn how to avoid abuse, neglect and scams.
"We talked about senior scams, ongoing and how they are changing daily all over the country and actually centrally located right here in Illinois," said Chief Fengel. "Its always once you got one scam figured out there's another coming right behind it."
"We try to prevent some of that by doing the safety of seniors event," said Kathy Ashby, Victims Advocate for the Bartonville Police Dept. "And if it happens than we try to help with their recovery."
Scams are not the only threat to seniors. Saturday's event also had blood pressure screenings, a state driver's mobile unit, and lessons on fire safety.