Seniors learn to be safe in Coon Rapids

Area seniors had a chance to learn to “Be Wise! Be Safe!” at the 2012 senior safety camp, presented by Coon Rapids Senior Services.

Members of the Coon Rapids Police Department had a squad car on display. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Members of the Coon Rapids Police Department had a squad car on display. Photo by Kelly Johnson

The event took place Sept. 12 at the Coon Rapids Civic Center and included a keynote address by Don Shelby, retired WCCO TV News anchor and author.

Shelby encouraged those attending to not live their lives in fear.

“The truth is I don’t worry about you and I don’t want you to worry about yourselves,” he said.

It is important for seniors and everyone to know how to keep themselves safe, Shelby said.

Shelby shared about his work investigating phone scams in Jamaica and Canada and encouraged those in attendance to be aware.

He also shared about his experience having four strokes in six months in 2005 and how the doctors told him there were some things he couldn’t do.

“I didn’t like the idea of someone telling me I was infirm,” he said.

He overcame those obstacles, Shelby said.

“Ninety percent of being old is up here,” he said, pointing to his head.

Shelby also encouraged the senior safety campers to do what they enjoyed when they were young.

“Take on life,” he said. “You’ve still got a lot to live.”

Some 168 people attended the annual event, which also included an expo, blood pressure checks, entertainment by Sonny Winberg and a Senior Dining lunch.

According to Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist, there were 12 volunteers for the event.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com


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