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Self Defense for The Elderly

Editor note: This article was re-published from http://selfdefense-training.blogspot.com/2015/03/self-defense-for-elderly.html. The topic of personal safety and self-defense for the elderly is of growing concern and encompasses many aspects. This short article is a good primer for a starting point in thinking about elder self-defense.

As disturbing as it might be to the rest of us, criminals actively seek out victims who are less capable of defending themselves in an attack. Unfortunately, this leaves our elderly, physically challenged and youth more vulnerable to an attack. There are ways for these members of society to protect themselves and increase the odds in their favor should they face a perpetrator intent on committing a bad act. As more and more people realize the need for personal safety devices and other forms of self-defense, the likelihood of surviving an attack increases. Here we will look at a few self-defense methods for the elderly which add a level of security for our elderly friends and family members.

* Self-defense classes- Seniors like every other age group can benefit from self-defense classes. Each person is different but as a general rule we all lose strength and agility as we age. Consider classes that are specifically designed with seniors in mind as self-defense methods that work for people in their 20’s and 30’s will likeloldseters with canesy not be as effective when practiced by a person in their 60’s or 70’s. Today many seniors can take cane “fighting” classes which teach them how to use a cane to defend themselves in an attack. Remember it is always best to avoid a physical confrontation whenever possible but it is also better to know how to defend yourself.

* Look less vulnerable- Criminals are basically people looking to make a buck as quickly and easily as possible. This means they are looking for “marks” that offer the most to gain with the least resistance. Elderly citizens should avoid looking the part by presenting a confident appearance. Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid carrying too many bags or packages which could render you unable to defend yourself in an attack. Walk with confidence when you are out and about; if you appear unafraid and confident potential attackers will think twice before considering you their next victim.

* Carry personal safety devices- There are many different self-defense products on the market today which can be carried on your person and offer a definite advantage should you find yourself in a less than favorable situation. Visit websites that sell these products to see what items are availold lady spraying bad guyable. Many personal safety devices are safe for everyone to use regardless of age and provide potential victims the few seconds needed to escape an attack and seek help.

It is regrettable that our elderly have to worry about being the victims of an attack. The tips mentioned here are just a few of the things a person can do to increase the safety or themselves or loved ones.

George Babnick
George W. Babnick, is a 34 year law enforcement veteran with an extensive background in physical security, criminal and administrative investigations, training, school policing, supervision and management, and criminal forensics. He recently retired as a Captain in the Portland Oregon Police Bureau where he managed the Training, School Police, and Forensic Evidence Divisions. He holds criminal justice degrees from Portland Community College and Portland State University and a law degree from Northwestern California University School of Law, Sacramento California.

Mr. Babnick is a longtime member of the Western Society of Criminology and is the author of articles on security and law enforcement, investigations, supervision and management, and risk management related to these subjects.

As a physical security expert, George Babnick provides private physical security consultations across the United States and consults with clients outside the United States. He specializes in assessing security problems for small and medium businesses as well as select individuals. He offers independent, honest advice and expertise, with the goal of providing all clients with practical and cost-effective security solutions to enhance security and effectively manage business and personal security risks.

Mr. Babnick is also a licensed Private Investigator and conducts investigations for attorneys, businesses, and individuals throughout the State of Oregon.

To learn more about security consultation and investigative services offered, please visit http://babnickandassociates.com

Disclaimer: Nothing in any article on this blog should be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice should seek the counsel of an attorney licensed in their state.
  • Alice

    These are such great action items, George.

    It’s amazing how people don’t stop to really think about how vulnerable they look. It can make all the difference when you make yourself an unattractive target. Just being aware goes a long ways.

  • Jack Corden

    Wow, this is quite enlightening! Do you have an idea of where seniors can take cane “fighting” classes? I’d like to enroll my aged dad.

    • Hi Jack!
      Some Martial Arts studios teach self-defense classes for the elderly and incorporate defensive cane techniques.

      Thanks for viewing the Blog.

  • Andrew Patterson

    I used to travel to Retirement Homes and do “Mobility Through Martial Arts” Classes. Part of the class always centered on Self Defense. It was extremely beneficial for my elderly Clients, and really opened their eyes in regards to their abilities and vulnerabilities.

    • I think offering Mobility Through Martial Arts classes to seniors is a great idea. Not only does it make seniors aware of their ability to defend themselves and their limitations, but the mobility exercise is good for the mind and body.

  • George A.

    Personal defense is what everyone should be conscious about and in doing so one have to get prepared by learning some methods just as those enumerated here. It’s worrisome that the elderly are often victims to attack these days, perhaps because the attackers presume they are weak but I think whoever learns and master some self defense techniques can always make better self defense attempts in case of such occurrence.