In the summer of 2014, MDAO launched the Middlesex Senior Health and Safety Initiative, a comprehensive training program for EMS, police, and fire personnel that examines the association between trips and falls and elder abuse.
The program uses trip and fall data from the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies to inform its efforts. The goal of the program is to provide first responders with the necessary tools to identify the less conspicuous signs of abuse or neglect and, upon doing so, to activate a rapid response intervention.
The program was originally launched in partnership with Armstrong Ambulance Service and piloted in Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Lexington, and Medford. Additional program partners include Action Ambulance, Cataldo Ambulance, Trinity EMS, and PrideStar EMS.