It is wise to be cautious about crime, but extreme fear may trap some elders at home unnecessarily, undermining their quality of life. Such fear, it turns out, is out of proportion with reality. Here are some facts:

The Reality of Senior Crime

  • Seniors are victims of crime far less often than people in other age groups.
  • Older adults are rarely victims of violent crimes.
  • Seniors are known for carrying cash. Wallets in back pockets and dangling purses create grab-and-go opportunities.

Be Aware of Who, What and Where

The best advice is:

  1. Live smart – stay focused when out on the street, and observe what’s around you. At home use door locks. Buddy up to go to the bank.
  2. Be prepared.
  3. Use direct deposit for Social Security payments.
  4. Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket.
  5. Keep your purse under your arm, not hanging from your shoulder.

Forewarned Is Forearmed
If you are concerned about the person you care for, these tips can help you support your relative’s safety and address his or her anxiety.

Lois Young-Tulin

Lois Young-Tulin, PhD, is an Assistant Care Manager with Elder Connections