Yellow Dot: Bright idea to help Fairfield seniors
Published 4:59 pm, Friday, October 8, 2010
Fairfield police will offer a helping hand to the town's older population with a presentation on the Yellow Dot program Tuesday at the Fairfield Senior Center.
Under that initiative, yellow dots are affixed to vehicles' rear windows, letting officers know, in the event of an emergency, that crucial data about medication and other emergency information is in the glove compartment.
In addition to helping seniors fill out Yellow Dot cards, officers and auto vendors will inspect vehicles for minor mechanical problems. Seniors will be given safety tips and locations where vehicles can be repaired. Nothing will be overlooked. Mirrors will be checked to make sure blind spots are minimized, wipers and brake lights will be scrutinized and seats will even be adjusted, according to Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a Fairfield police spokesman.
The Yellow Dot cards that seniors can store in their glove compartments let officers know who a driver's doctor is, what medication they take, if there's somebody at home that they care for, or if there's a child they have to look after.
Lussier added that they are "essential to gaining access to vital statistics for medical treatment and for notification to family and friends in a timely manner when an emergency occurs."
Vendor booths will also be set up at the Yellow Dot event to distribute information from People's United Bank on financial scams and from Fairfield police on identity theft, contractor and phone scams. Other information will be available from representatives of the state Attorney General's office, the Better Business Bureau, AAA, AARP, the Social Services Department, the Probate Office and the Health Department.