The world can be a dangerous place. There is crime aplenty, whether it's grabbing someone's purse at the market, or grabbing someone's identity off the internet. Seniors are an especially vulnerable group, perhaps because they are so trusting.
We can't be there to protect them every hour of every day. But there are some precautions you can teach them so they don't become another statistic.
• Scams can be in the form of mail, email, phone calls or visits to the house. Beware of anyone asking for money, even if they do look 'official.' Never give personal information over the phone. Never click on links in emails asking for account information. Never send money to anyone without checking their validity. Never walk out of your front door with a contractor that shows up unannounced. His cohorts will be going inside while you are around the corner looking at your roof or whatever.
• While outside shopping or on the street, never have your purse or wallet visible. Hold your purse close, but if someone grabs it, let it go without a struggle. Try to remember as many details about the assailant as possible. Never carry large amounts of money while outside alone.
• While inside, the home should be free of obstacles that may cause a fall. This includes high thresholds and area rugs. Be careful while cooking--never wear loose clothing near the stove. And remember to turn off any appliances. Also, install safety features such as grab bars, in the bathrooms. See our blog entry from August 8, 2011 for more safety tips. Or contact Prima By Design for an in-home safety assessment.