Staying safe in a dangerous world is not always an easy task for anyone, especially seniors, who may be at a higher risk for victimization. For many seniors, this may be the first time in many years that the reality of living alone presents its own issues to contend with. There are many ways that seniors can become proactive and take steps to improve their safety risks.
Don’t Share Personal Information
Sharing personal information with strangers is always a risk for anyone, wheter it occurs online, by phone, or in person. There are a few types of personal information that should be given out only with extra caution. Some of these include:
–The fact that you are a senior
–Information about living alone
–Medical information or health information
–Credit card information
–Bank account information
–Information regarding a daily routine or schedule
–An address or directions to your home
–Other personal imformation regarding family names, friends
Invest in Extra Security
There are a number of ways to increase the security in the home. The most advanced is to install a security service, but this may be a costly option for many seniors. Alternatives that help to increase security at home include installing additional locks, placing bars or slats of wood in patio doors, and securing windows with adequate locks. A dog may also be considered added security, as well as a companion for many seniors who find that dogs can serve both purposes.
Make Some Connections
Connecting with others through a daily call or by finding a shopping partner can help to increase safety for seniors. Keeping in touch with relatives, a neighbor, or a friend can help seniors to connect to someone who would know if something were to go wrong. Setting a time for a daily call or having an emergency number to call if there is a problem can help seniors to feel safer.
Shopping with a friend or with a group can also help seniors to lower their safety risks. Seniors who are in the company of others are less likely to become a crime victim than those who are alone. Shopping or running errands during daylight hours is also safer than going out alone at night, though caution should be taken at any hour of the day when going out alone.
Another way to increase safety while traveling outside the home is to invest in a cell phone. There are many cell phone options available now that can be adapted to any senior’s cell phone needs. Some cell phones have prepaid minutes that can be purchased for those who do not need a regular cell phone service and want to have a cell phone for emergencies only.
Additional Steps to Safety
Seniors might want to consider a few additional tips to promote safety in their lives. One of the most common dangers for seniors is often trusting people who may not have their best interests in mind. When possible, seniors might share their concerns with a trusted relative or friend when a well-meaning stranger seems to be too good to be true.
Keeping the door shut when solicitors or strangers arrive at door without invitation is another wise step to promoting safety for seniors. Don’t let anyone in the home without having someone else there. If the person at the door has something important for you, they can always return or make a phone call.
Today’s seniors do not have to feel vulnerable if they take at least a few steps to prevent threats to their safety. Even a few changes to promote safety can be helpful in preventing seniors from becoming victim to one of the many potential threats to safety in a dangerous world.