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How Can the Elderly Practice Self-Defense?

Seniors are often viewed as easy targets when alone on the streets, but they shouldn’t have to feel like they are helpless against the criminals who can potentially harm them. Las Vegas in-home senior care experts have a few tips to help your elderly loved one stay protected if he or she is attacked.

Carry Pepper Spray 

When sprayed on an attacker, this potent deterrent significantly burns the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, and the effects of the spray often last up to 45 minutes. Pepper spray comes in small canisters, which means your loved one can keep this self-defense deterrent in his or her pocket, purse, or another easily accessible place and take it wherever he or she goes. Many pepper spray formulas contain UV dyes that help police detect the presence of oleoresin capsicum, even if the attacker washes the spray off. 

Use Personal Alarms 

If your loved one is alone and in danger, a personal alarm or an electronic whistle is the perfect way to sound for help. When these devices are activated, the shrill sound will alert anyone within earshot a problem has occurred. In many cases, sounding an alarm is enough to scare off an attacker and prevent serious harm.

Make Weapons Out of Everyday Items 

Your loved one should be aware of the items he or she carries on a regular basis because these objects could be used as weapons in the event of an attack. For example, a cane could be used to hit the attacker, or a set of car keys could be used to scratch an assailant or jab his or her eyes. Ballpoint pens and hairspray can also be used to your loved one’s advantage against an attacker.

Take a Self-Defense Training Course

Your loved one can learn basic self-defense techniques that do not cause strain to the body, but can still help save his or her life in dangerous situations. If your loved one knows where to hit an assailant, it could cause enough pain to keep the attacker down while your loved one goes to get help. Encourage your loved one to take a self-defense training class to learn some simple self-defense techniques that can slow down an attacker.

It’s important for seniors to get out and enjoy a good walk, but it’s even more crucial to stay safe while doing so. If your loved one needs a companion for exercise or transportation to appointments and social events, consider hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of respite and live-in care in Las Vegas, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Las Vegas, NV, families trust. To learn more about our senior care services and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call 702-550-3185 today.