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Common sense and a healthy dose of scepticism can keep you safe from those who want to rip you off. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Being fearful of others can lead older people to isolate in their homes. Fear of being scammed can...
Outside Ensure that path surfaces and gradients are safe, clear and moss free. Steps are easier to negotiate when walking than a ramp. Indicate or mark changes in levels. Is it easy to get the mail? Keep bushes and branches trimmed back from pathways and doorways. Use appropriate and assistive...
It’s reassuring to know that older people are less likely than other age groups to be the victims of violent crime. Nevertheless, many older people still feel vulnerable especially if they live alone. Burglary, however, is another issue. More commonly burglaries are opportunistic and occur through the day when people...
While making your home a safer place, make sure you also stay as fit an active as you can. If you have good strength and balance it's much easier to regain your footing if you trip. Outside Ensure that path surfaces and gradients are safe, clear and moss free. Steps...
What with earthquakes, extreme weather, fire and floods, New Zealand can indeed seem like the Four Elements’ playground. It’s natural to fear what is in store next but planning and preparation can make a huge difference to how we cope when bad days come. Think about who you expect to...
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