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Friendship, The Feinour Center To Host Senior Self Defense Program

Deputy Scott Young from the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office to demonstrate the AVOID program.

ROANOKE, Va. (July 19, 2017) – In keeping with its commitment to high quality care and services for seniors in the community, Friendship is pleased to present Deputy Scott Young from the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office and his demonstration of the AVOID self-defense seminar (Awareness, Verbalize, Overcome, Identify, and Distance) on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Feinour Center – Adult Medical Day Care, located at 324 Hershberger Road in Roanoke. The program is free to attend and open to the public.

AVOID is a two-part program. The first part is to be aware of your surroundings and ward off the attack by one’s physical demeanor is the first portion. Part two is if you are physically attacked and knowing what to do at that point.

Deputy Young will identify steps that seniors can take to avoid being attacked, what to do if they are attacked, and learn how to avoid dangerous situations in the first place. To put the teachings into practice and introduce some of the self-defense techniques, voluntary participation will be part of the demonstration.

A defense-attack instructor for almost twenty years, Deputy Young has helped church groups and other organizations to learn how to be aware of their surroundings. However, it was in the Police Department where Young had the opportunity to teach the AVOID program among the Roanoke Valley. Though geared toward seniors, the program is open to all of any fitness level, age or body type.

Participation is limited to 50 people and RSVP’s are now being accepted. To learn more information about the program, or to RSVP, call (540) 283-4433.