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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.

Triad Safety Presentations Live Online

Three Dane County community Triads sponsor monthly presentations on topics related to crime prevention and safety 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. 

Presentation Library

If you couldn’t make it to one of our live Zoom presentations, no worries.  Past presentations are archived on YouTube.  You can watch them at your convenience on the Triad of Dane County YouTube page.  Some recent presentations include: 

Elders and Substance Abuse: The Invisible Crisis, Dr. Tracy Schroepfter, UW Madison

Safely Navigating our Ever-Changing Roads, Eric Lee, Madison Police Department

COVID-19 Scams and What You Need to Know, Tiffany Bernhardt Schultz, Better Business Bureau 

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 608-411-7897.

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

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

2020 Triad Conference will be Virtual

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