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Be a Savvy Senior

What you don’t know could hurt you when it comes to the safety issues that affect older adults today.  From identity theft to falls in the home, RSVP’s Triad program strives to provide you with the knowledge you need to feel safer and more secure in our communities.

What is Triad?

Triad is a national program that brings together older adults, law enforcement and the community at-large to increase safety and reduce the fear of crime. Providing vital information about personal safety and crime prevention is key to our mission. We invite you to participate in any of the following Triad activities.

2023 Triad Crime Prevention and Safety Conference

We are planning for the 2023 Triad Conference. Please check here occasionally for updates. If you would like to be added to the Triad email list, write to .

Triad Safety Presentations Live Online

Three Dane County community Triads sponsor monthly senior safety presentations on topics such as traffic safety, bullying, dementia, scams and frauds, emergency preparedness and many others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these presentations have moved online using Zoom. For a schedule of upcoming presentations, refer to the RSVP Events page. For additional information, or if you have an idea you think would be perfect for Triad to develop, contact Mike Thomsen at or 608-411-7897. 

Triad of Dane County YouTube Page

Use this link to access videos of past Triad Conference and other monthly presentations: Triad YouTube page.

Some recent presentations include:

Dementia Safety: Activities and Resources for Living Safely at Home

Getting to Know Chief Barnes and His Policing Philosophy

Biking and Walking Safety

9-1-1: How It Works. When to Call.

Covid-19 Vaccination Essentials for Wisconsin

What's Up with Falling Down?

Triad February 15, 2023 Zoom Event

Triad Zoom Event: "Falls: Why We Should Care & Strategies to Prevent One." 10:00 AM. Presented by Ashley Hillman, Falls Prevention Program Manager, Safe Communities. To receive the Zoom link, email Mike Thomsen at .

Program Overview: Have you experienced a fall? Are you fearful of falling? In Wisconsin, falls are the #1 cause of injury-related death among our 60+ population. Wisconsin currently leads the country in fall related deaths among our older adult population. The good news is that falls are NOT a normal part of aging and there are proven, effective strategies that can help prevent a fall. Join us to learn about why we should care about falls and ways to stay upright, independent, and healthy.

Triad Newsletter Winter, 2022 Edition


Free Winterization Car Checks

Each fall local Triads help seniors get ready for winter driving by sponsoring Winterization Car Checks, which are free of charge to those over 50.  You’ll get a pre-winter assessment of your car’s belts, tires (including spare), antifreeze, lights, turn signals and more.

How to Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help on the planning committees and in promoting the Triad programs. If you would like more information on how to get involved in Triad as a participant or a volunteer, contact Mike Thomsen at or 608-441-7897.

Additional Resources

The links below provide additional information on the Triad program and senior safety.
Triad of Wisconsin
Triad of Cottage Grove
National Association of Triads

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Seniors Tell Us

More Careful
“I will be more careful when using social media. I will be more vigilant when out in the community, and I will take steps to keep my home safer.”
- Triad Conference Participant