Staying Safe As You Get Older

Staying Safe As You Get Older

Old age comes with disease, weakness, and deteriorating cognitive abilities. This is why it becomes increasingly important to take precautions to stay safe. So in this article, we’ll share 10 tips to help you stay safe as you get older. Let’s get started!


1.   Get Regular Health Checks

It’s important to get regular health checks, especially as you get older. This will allow you to find and address any health problems early on, reducing your risk of developing more serious conditions later on in life.

Common health conditions that become more prevalent with age include high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. High blood pressure is particularly lethal because patients don’t experience any signs until it’s too late. So getting regular health checks can help you catch it early and get the treatment you need to manage it effectively.


2.   Learn Self-Defense

Self-defense is an essential skill for staying safe as you get older. If a person is determined to cause you harm, no amount of preparation can prevent it from happening.

So learn basic self-defense techniques such as how to break free from a chokehold or fend off an attacker. There are many courses available that teach these skills, so do your research and find one that works for you.

However, it’s important to be aware of the limits of self-defense so you don’t accidentally escalate a confrontation. If you’re in the right, you have the right to defend yourself. But if you’re not, you could be charged with assault or worse. LY Lawyers do a good job of explaining what counts as self-defense and what doesn’t.


3.   Stay Physically Active

Staying physically active is important for overall health and wellbeing, but it can also help reduce your risk of falls and other accidents.

As you get older, it’s important to balance strength and flexibility exercises with aerobic exercise, such as walking and swimming. Try to incorporate these activities into your regular routine to help keep you in good shape and reduce your risk of injuries. Here are some exercise classes you might be interested in.


4.   Stock Up On Supplies

It can be easy to fall victim to crime if you’re not prepared. If you live alone, make sure you’re always stocked up on supplies such as food, water, and medication so you can stay safe and self-sufficient in the event of an emergency.

It’s also a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts on hand in case you need to call for help. And if you own a cell phone, make sure to always keep it charged and be sure to have extra batteries or a power bank on hand in case you find yourself without a way to charge your phone.


5.   Keep Your Home Safe

As we get older, our home can often become one of the most dangerous places in our lives.

To protect yourself, try to keep your house clutter-free and use sturdy handrails for stairs. Install night lights throughout the home to help you see in the dark. And ensure that doors and windows have sturdy locks to discourage would-be intruders.


6.   Get A Guard Dog

If you’re worried about your safety, consider getting a guard dog. Dogs can provide both a physical and psychological deterrent to criminals, and they can offer companionship and security at the same time.

When choosing a guard dog, it’s important to select a breed that is loyal and protective but also good with children and strangers. Some popular breeds include German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Doberman Pinschers.


7.   Avoid Isolation

One of the most important things you can do for your safety as you get old is to avoid isolation. If you live alone, make an effort to stay connected with family and friends, whether that means meeting up for coffee or going for a walk together.

If you feel lonely or isolated, reach out to support groups and organizations in your community. Programs like Meals on Wheels can make it easier for you to connect with others and get the help and support that you need.


8.   Install Security Cameras

One way to keep your home safe is by installing security cameras. These can be excellent deterrents for burglars and other criminals, as they know that their actions are being recorded and could potentially lead to their arrest.

Be sure to choose security cameras that cover the areas of your house you want protected. And make sure they’re visible to potential intruders so they know that their actions are being monitored.


9.   Keep Valuables Safe

If you have valuables in your home, it’s important to keep them hidden and out of sight. Burglars are often looking for easy targets, and if they see something they want, they may be more likely to break in.

So keep your valuables in a safe place, such as a locked closet or cabinet. And if you have cash on hand, be sure to keep it hidden away as well.


10.  Be Smart About Social Media

In today’s world, social media can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it’s a great way to stay connected with family and friends. But on the other hand, it can be a security risk if you’re not careful.

If you use social media, be sure to set your privacy settings so that only people you know and trust can see your posts. And avoid posting personal information, such as your address or phone number, as this can make it easier for criminals to target you.


Now You Know How To Stay Safe As You Get Older!

Remember, the best defense against crime is always to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself. If you think someone might be following you or otherwise trying to harm you, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. And if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, remember that your safety is always more important than your possessions. Good luck!




About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Seniorocity and Buggybuddys. She lives north of Perth with her husband, 2 children, 2 Ragdoll Cats and 1 Maine Coon

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