Orange County Insight June 2022

Triad Hosts Second “ Thrive Beyond 55” Conference at Lake of the Woods Church

By: Orange County Communications Department

Orange County Triad offers a variety of services to our senior residents designed to help keep them safe, informed, and connected with local law enforcement. Supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, they offer important life - saving programs such as Guardian Alert pendants, Project Lifesaver transmitters, emergency identification wristbands, and the File of Life first responder information kits, year - round. Going further, Triad offers educational conferences designed specifically for those 55 and older. The first was held on September 21, 2021, at the Gordonsville Fire House, and the second was recently held on May 10 at Lake of the Woods Church.

Volunteers greeted attendees with friendly faces at check in. Pictured L to R: B. Consention, M.J. Ewing

The event drew a strong turnout. After being greeted by friendly volunteer faces at the entrance, attendees next entered an extensive exhibit hall featuring more than a dozen vendor booths offering senior - focused services, such as Smart911 registration, adult protective services, and more! This hallway was packed during the times between conference speakers, as residents learned about the variety of services available to them, mingled with staff and volunteers, and discussed issues affecting older adults with local officials in attendance, such as Sheriff Mark Amos, Supervisor James P. Crozier, and Supervisor Lee H. Frame.

Sheriff Amos speaks with Supervisor Crozier at the “ Thrive Beyond 55” Conference.

Captain Jason Smith of the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office provided opening remarks, leading - off the conference ’ s group of informative speakers. The list included H. Van Smith of Smith|Strong PLC, who discussed estate planning, and an FBI Special Agent who provided insight into common scams targeting seniors, with advice regarding how to avoid becoming a victim. Following a lunch provided for all participants, a second group of speakers rounded out the event. Triad Coordinator, Deputy Ron Kesner, took the opportunity to explain Traid ’ s role and mission to positively connect seniors with law enforcement resources. The final speaker was Randall Clouse, representing the Office of the Attorney General, who highlighted the Attorney General ’ s efforts to protect older Virginians. Lunch was provided for all attendees. Loretta Hernandez, a Triad volunteer and a primary event organizer, was most proud of “ the relationships that are being built between citizens and our volunteers [at the] Thrive Beyond 55 conferences. ” Triad Coordinator, Deputy Ron Kesner, encourages interested residents to reach out to him regarding Triad programs, services, and volunteer opportunities. He can be reached at (540) 672 - 1536, or

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