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Personal Safety—Top Ten Tips

Personal Safety—Top Ten Tips

The headlines were alarming: ’95-year-old purse snatching victim suffers minor injuries to her arm.’  This recently happened just up the street from our home.  The community was stunned — how could this happen here?    A valued neighbour, as well as our sense of safety and civility, had been violated. The fear of crime is a big concern for seniors.  While seniors are in the age group least likely to experience crime, when they are victimized, the results can be even more devastating.  Seniors have less time to recover from financial loss and may take more time to heal from physical assaults.  Furthermore, the fear of crime can be isolating, leading to less community engagement and a diminished sense of the quality of life. In previous articles, we provided travel safety and fraud prevention tips.  Today, we’ll offer some ideas about how you can enhance your personal safety — regardless of your age. Top 10 Personal Safety Tips Be aware of your surroundings — notice who is entering the area around you, and trust your instincts if you feel something is not right. Choose purses and bags with cross-body straps, and keep your money and valuables in a zippered pouch next to your body where you have control. Keep change in your pockets, so that you can pay parking meters, transit, and drop money into charity kettles etc.  without having to open your wallet in public. Choose well lit streets with traffic, and avoid dark or isolated entrances and alleyways. If you think someone is paying too much attention to you, pop into a store front or cross the street....
Later Life Love

Later Life Love

Red hearts, cupids, flowers, and chocolates.   All the trappings for St. Valentine’s Day celebrations, encouraging us to re-affirm our love for that special someone in our life.  Lots of hype, presenting images and promotions typically targeting younger adults, while failing to recognize the need and legitimacy of later-life love.  How did we ever get to the belief that love is only for the young? Our need for relationship and companionship stays with us throughout our lifetime.  Some even suggest that this need for affiliation actually increases with age, and when this connection is present and positive, contributes toward not only to our quality of life but to our longevity as well.  Speaking of longevity, with the average life expectancy now creeping into our 80s, and the average age of widowhood 56 — there is the potential for many to be living 20-30 years on their own.  The reality is that finding love again in later life can have its challenges. · Uneven playing field for heterosexual women.  According to US Bureau of the Census, 1998, 45.2% of women over 65 were widowed, while only 14.9% of men over 65 were widowed. · Putting yourself ‘out there’ in the dating scene can be intimidating, especially when it is likely that mature adults haven’t dated in many decades. · Online dating requires a familiarity with the technology and a comfort with initiating digital relationships. · Fear of potential exploitation and rejection. · Adult children may discourage the pursuit of new relationships, feeling that this is a betrayal of their other parent, or a threat to the existing family, social and financial arrangements.  Here...