Developing Elders Choices In Defense Education


The Senior population is the fastest growing segment of our society. We recognize the increasing need to educate seniors in crime prevention techniques to help them reduce the chances of becoming the victim of a crime. The D.E.C.I.D.E. Program was designed to meet this need. The D.E.C.I.D.E. program is a comprehensive program designed by Cambridge Massachusetts Police Officer Susan Kale and Harvard University Police Officer Maureen Morrison, both of whom specialize in senior safety.

The goal of this program is to teach seniors risk-reducing strategies using crime prevention techniques to enhance their personal safety both at home and in public. This course is intended to reduce the chances of becoming a victim but we can not guarentee that it will eliminate the chances of becoming a victim. By attending this class you will be taking the first step towards empowering yourself to be able to make educated decisions in your response to criminal or unsafe situations.

By becoming more aware of their surroundings and by offering seniors choices about how to respond to different situations, we are giving them options to take control. Learning to recognize and react to uncomfortable or unsafe situations is very difficult. Through education and practice, we hope this course will help seniors become better prepared.

Each segment of this 12-hour course includes a lecture component, a video and a role-playing segment. There is something that everyone can be involved in regardless of his or her physical limitations.

We have a commitment to ensure that our seniors are well protected and safe. This course will hopefully give seniors a new outlook on different ways to stay safe. We hope you enjoy this program as much as we do.

The DECIDE program is presented by Officer Patricia Grady who may be contacted at 617-972-6552.