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WHATProvides free cell phones for seniors that can only be used to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
WHYTo increase the safety of seniors. To prevent crimes against seniors and to prevent elder abuse of at-risk seniors by giving them easy and quick access to help.
WHERE Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas.
Pasco Counties St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.

Program Description

"It is federal law that every cell phone be able to call 9-1-1 even if the cell phone is no longer affiliated with a cell phone carrier. This means that all of the old cell phones no longer in use could be a valuable resource. Seniors will feel safer knowing that they can call 9-1-1 in an emergency."

Used, donated cell phones are being recycled for seniors to carry in case of emergency. A free cell phone for a senior can greatly improve their confidence in getting around and increase their sense of security.

The purpose of the Area Agency on Aging's free “Senior Safety Phone Project” is to:

-Increase senior safety and prevent crimes against seniors
-Prevent potential elder abuse of at-risk seniors by giving them access to free emergency cell phones that can dial 9-1-1 for help

The free emergency cell phones for seniors are lent out by the "Senior Victim Advocate" Program (Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.)

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas serves seniors and their caregivers and is designated by the Department of Elder Affairs as the Area Agency on Aging for Planning and Service. The Area Agency on Aging works for seniors through funding, advocacy, senior services, and senior programs.

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