AARP PA Supports York Aging in Place Program, Providing Residents with Security Cameras

Posted on 03/18/22

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2022

Contact: Randy LoBasso, rlobasso@aarp.org, 267-964-8001

When York Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow learned that many seniors in the city of York reported not feeling safe inside of their homes, he launched an initiative to help them. Known as “Aging in Place,” the program has a mission to install security cameras in the homes of seniors to help them feel safer in their own neighborhoods and communities. 

AARP Pennsylvania understands that a livable community is one that is safe and secure. So, AARP PA took immediate action to further the City’s efforts to see the project through by providing a grant to purchase additional cameras for city residents eligible for the Aging in Place program. What began last year with security cameras being installed in the home of two city residents has grown into more than 200 residents requesting a devise.

“The vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible – and they want to be safe. Seniors deserve to live in an environment where they feel comfortable socializing, exercising, or just hanging out,” said AARP PA state director Bill Johnston Walsh. “With this successful subsidized security camera program already set up by the York City Police Department, AARP Pennsylvania saw an opportunity to provide additional security and peace of mind to seniors residing in the City of York.”

Lieutenant Michael Meeker of the York City Police Department notes partnerships are vital to the Aging in Place program. “Part of the mission of the York City Police Department is enhancing the quality of life and seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security in the communities and individuals,” said Lt. Meeker. “The Aging in Place program looks to fulfill the goals of that mission, and our valued partners, such as AARP, are a vital part of the program.”

Studies have shown that the mere presence of security cameras deter crime. The Aging in Place program is meant to foster a sense of security and enhance the quality of life for communities and individuals. This feeling, we hope, will lead to more community engagement and improve quality of life and public spaces in York.

To find out more about the free security camera program, email aginginplace@yorkcity.org or call the York City Police Department at 717-846-1234.

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