Most of the services and advice to seniors seems to be focused on keeping them healthy. While this is obviously extremely important, not much time is spent on educating seniors on how to remain safe. Here are some senior safety tips.
This can be broken up into two categories — when you are inside your house and when you are out and about.
The first thing you want to do when you are outside is to be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are, and perhaps more importantly, who is around you. If you feel like there are suspicious people nearby who might do you harm, try to go into a store or another place where there are plenty of people who can help you. It is unlikely those people will follow you in.
The bus is a common mode of transportation for seniors. Make sure you sit up front near the driver so he or she can help you if there is any trouble.
If you are in a car, make sure you look around first before getting out. If you feel unsafe, just stay in the car. Another senior safety tip along the same lines — be very careful in underground parking lots; people can be hiding around every corner.
You are certainly much safer inside your own home, but there are still dangers. For example, someone might knock on your door and say they are with a government agency or with a local utility and say they need to get into your house. Be wary. Make sure they have the proper identification.
You always want to lock your doors and windows when you are home to make it impossible for people to break in.
The best senior safety tip could be to get a medical alert system. In addition to calling for help in the event of an emergency, it can also be used for any situation, such as a break in. Hopefully you will never need it, but it is nice to know help is just the press of a button away.