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Tips for Staying Safe As a Senior Citizen by Mark Mahaffey

April 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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When it comes to staying safe, senior citizens have special  concerns.

Although research has shown that the risk of being a victim of a physical  assault crime decreases as you age, the risk of other kinds of crime continues  and even intensifies.

Senior citizens are just as likely as the rest of the population to have  their homes broken into, but they are at higher risk for financial crimes. To  criminals, they appear more vulnerable and defenseless. And since the elderly  are often well-off financially, they are a target for crimes involving money  scams.

Further, the elderly grew up during decades when it was proper to be polite  and trusting. This makes them less likely to be rude during a phone conversation  or face-to-face meeting with a con artist. The con artist will keep pushing, and  the elderly victim may just ‘give in.’

Financial crimes are devastating for anyone, but especially so for senior  citizens. They not only feel afraid, but may begin to question their own ability  to handle their own affairs. For an aging person already trying to hold on to  independence as long as possible, this can be emotionally terrifying.

If you are a senior citizen, or have a loved one who is elderly, there are  some steps you can take to keep yourself or your loved one protected. You don’t  have to wait for crime to happen to you: be proactive and make sure you stay  safe.

Secure your home.

A home alarm system is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. Motion  detectors, automatic lights, and a security system with 24-hour monitoring will  significantly decrease the likelihood of a home invasion.

For even more peace of mind, your monitoring service can respond to medical  emergencies as well. And you may even qualify for a senior citizen discount.

Here is a check list of home safety tips for senior citizens:

• Check the locks on all doors and windows to make sure they are secure.

• Trim tall bushes that are up close to the house to eliminate hiding  places.

• Be sure your house number is painted brightly so emergency help can find  you quickly, should you need them.

• Don’t hide keys under mats or pots. Instead, ask a trusted neighbor to keep  your extra key.

• Don’t keep extra cash in your house. It is better to keep it in the bank or  in a safe deposit box.

• Post security signs around your house to let the burglars know you are  protected.

Be smart about financial scams

Senior citizens are susceptible to con artists at the door or over the phone.  These con artists know that the elderly are interested in products promising  anti-cancer benefits or improved memory. Older adults are also less likely to  report fraud, because they don’t know who to call to report.

Here are some tips to stay safe:

• Never allow any unexpected visitor into your home.

• Install peepholes in your doors.

• Do not give out identifying information over the phone such as social  security numbers and account numbers.

• Do not do business with door-to-door salespeople of any kind.

• Know who your neighbors are and try to join a neighborhood watch for added  security.

• Never click on a link to a financial institution in an email. Instead,  manually type the URL into the address bar.

Stay safe away from home

To reduce the risk of being robbed while away from home, follow these safety  precautions:

• Never carry more cash than you need.

• Don’t carry all your credit cards with you.

• Keep your bag close to your body.

• Avoid walking in deserted or dark areas.

• Lock your car doors while traveling in areas where you will be stopping  frequently.

• Also lock your car doors while you are away from your car.

• Consider installing an alarm system in your car. This may qualify you for a  discount on your auto insurance.

You don’t have to wait for crime to come to you. By being pro-active and  educating yourself, you can outsmart the criminals and keep yourself and those  you love safe.

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AARP Nevada State Office / Contact Center

5820 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 190, LV, NV 89119

Toll Free: (866) 389-5652

www.aarp.org/nv, email: NVAARP@aarp.org

State and national legislative, advocacy,

regulatory and legal advocacy, 1-866-330-0753

 

Advocate for Elders, DAS (Aging & Disability)

445 Apple Street, Ste. 104, Reno, NV 89502

(775) 687-0800

www.nevadacareconnection.org

Special Programs, Referral Service, Suicide                       Prevention, Counseling Health Issues,

Disability Service, Elder Abuse

 

Elder Protective Services (EPS), DAS,

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Reno Regional Office (775) 687-0800

Investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self

neglect, isolation exploitation for persons

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Nevada Attorney General

5420 Kietz Ke Lane, Ste 202, Reno, NV 89703

Reno: (775) 688-1818

Carson City: Bureau of Consumer Protection:                   (775) 684-1100 Main, Constituent – Joyce

Medical alert info: (800) 500-1556 hot line

 

Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center

1875 Plumas St. Ste. 1, Reno, NV 89509

(775) 333-7878, www.ndalc.org

Toll Free: (800) 992-5715. Legal advice, referrals

 

Nevada Aging & Disability Services Agency

Advocate for Elders – Reno

445 Apple Street, #104, Reno, NV 89502

(775) 687-0800, www.nvaging.net

Elder protection, COPE Program

Nevada Elder Rights Attorney

445 Apple Street, #104, Reno, NV 89502

(775) 687-0800. Resources, CBC services,
CHIP program, Suicide Prevention

State Health Insurance Assistance Program                        (SHIP) DAS

1820 E. Sahara Ave., Ste 205, LV, NV 89104

(702) 486-3478, 1-877-385-2345 Medicare
Counseling, Reno health care programs

 

 

Washoe County Public Guardian Office

(775) 674-8800, Guardian services for seniors                     that are incapacitated

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