7 Golden Rules To Protect Your Golden Years

Understanding the Threat

It is crucial to have a clear understanding of the threats facing retirees. This includes not just physical threats, but also financial ones such as scams and fraud. It is important to stay informed and aware of the latest trends and developments in crime. This includes continuing your professional education in staying informed about local crime statistics and participating in professionally run courses designed to help the everyday person stay safe. The reality is that our learning and growing never really stops. It is important that at the end of your professional career you begin a new one in becoming a professional at protecting yourself and the assets you’ve created over the years. It is literally your life’s hard work! So be sure to become your own professional at protecting it through proper education and training courses. Remember, violent crime is on the rise, and it is better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.

Taking Precautions

There are several simple steps that one can take to stay safe. This includes being aware of one’s surroundings, avoiding high-risk neighborhoods where gangs are prevalent, and taking extra precautions when out after dark. It is also important to have a plan in case of an emergency, such as knowing the location of the nearest police station or hospital. Some may argue that these steps are unnecessary and that they are not at risk, and that this thinking perpetuates fear. However, I would argue that ignorance does not equal safety, it creates an even greater vulnerability due to a false perception of safety. By taking the appropriate measures to be safe we don’t have to be scared and paranoid while doing it.. In fact, we should be able to BREATHE! Because we are taking the appropriate steps to stay safe, now we are more safe! So we can breathe, relax, look around, and enjoy life a little bit more.

Staying Connected

Staying connected with friends, family, and neighbors is another important factor in staying safe. This includes not only staying in touch with loved ones, but also joining a community organization or neighborhood program. These networks can provide not only emotional support, but also a source of information and resources in the event of an emergency. Plus, it furthers a sense of purpose for us as we no longer have a workplace to go all day. Human contribution is an important factor to influencing the environment in which we live, so being an active and positive member of the community helps create greater human bonds and gives us drive and further purpose.

Personal Safety Device Training

Personal safety devices, such as firearms or pepper spray, are a valuable tool in keeping safe. These devices can provide you with an ultimate advantage against violent criminals. However, it is important to ensure you take proper training in order to know how to use them properly and protect your loved ones and valuables. Many new retirees love the sport of shooting because it required mental acuity, calmness, focus, and a sense of purpose. These types of new skills can take your retirement life to new heights with a profound sense of confidence and skill.

Home Safety

Home safety is another important factor in staying safe. This includes ensuring that one’s home is secure and protected, both inside and out. This includes installing deadbolts, security cameras, and proper lighting. It is also important to regularly review and update one’s home security measures to stay ahead of potential threats. Some may argue that these measures are too expensive or difficult to implement. However, the protection and peace of mind they provide make it well worth the investment. Plus, you usually keep the house in order and prevent major damages that might otherwise sneak up on you and take a large chunk of your retirement change.

Staying Physically Fit

Staying physically fit is also an important factor in staying safe. This includes regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. These habits not only help to maintain physical health, but also contribute to overall well-being and can even improve mental clarity. Some may argue that these habits are not relevant to safety. However, maintaining physical fitness can give one the strength and energy needed to escape dangerous situations. In order to escape a plane, car, active shooter, provide CPR to a friend on the golf course you must be physically fit otherwise you will feel helpless and possibly get injured.

Trusting Your Instincts

It is important to trust one’s instincts and not hesitate to take action if something feels off or out of place. This includes leaving a potentially dangerous situation, calling for help, or contacting law enforcement. Some may argue that overreacting can lead to unnecessary trouble, and that’s true, but this is why education and personal safety training are so important. So it can grow your intuition to be more precise and keep your loved ones safer.

The truth is that retirement can be an exciting and scary time. A lack of purpose daily can make people feel alone and useless which makes them vulnerable to criminals. It’s important that we become professionals in protecting the life we have created for ourselves and families.

 It’s fun, develops great confidence and useful skill, provides an amazing example for your grandkids and children, and it allows you to live out the rest of your long-lasting and amazing life in greatness.

Relish in the things you’ve accumulated and accomplished over the years.

You deserve it.

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Surviving a Protest: A Guide for Travelers



Introduction When visiting a foreign country, travelers often receive warnings about potential protest activities. The U.S. Department of State commonly advises its citizens to steer clear of all demonstrations due to the potential for sudden violence. However, understanding the underlying reasons for protests and identifying the primary targets can equip travelers with the knowledge to navigate these situations.


Understanding Protests Protests have seen an uptick in frequency globally. A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German organization, noted an increase in protests annually from 2006 to mid-2013. It’s essential to note that a country’s history of protests doesn’t necessarily predict the nature of its future demonstrations. Cambodia, known for its peaceful rallies, recently witnessed violent clashes. Meanwhile, in South Africa, often termed the “protest capital of the world,” many demonstrations conclude peacefully.

It’s intriguing for foreigners to observe protests as they provide insight into a country’s political dynamics. However, caution is essential. In some instances, bystanders have been injured or killed during violent episodes, such as during protests in Istanbul, Turkey, and Guangdong, China.


Recognizing Key Indicators Certain indicators can help travelers gauge the potential for and nature of protests. Anti-government protests, while predominantly targeting local law enforcement or infrastructure, can sometimes harm foreigners inadvertently. For example, in Thailand and Greece, 2010 saw anti-government protests that did not specifically target foreigners.

However, protests against another nation might directly affect associated individuals or businesses, like the anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam and the anti-Israeli protests in Germany and France.

Various universal issues can trigger protests globally, such as cuts in government subsidies, allegations of electoral fraud, or perceived infringements on democratic rights.


Common Impacts on Travelers For most travelers, the most notable disruption due to protests is transportation. Protests can block roads, overload public transportation systems, and cause traffic snarls. Thankfully, many protests are publicized in advance, aiding travelers in planning alternate routes. Social media platforms often provide real-time updates on protest activities, helping both residents and visitors stay informed and make necessary adjustments.

During prolonged periods of unrest, companies have sometimes permitted employees to work remotely or even temporarily leave the affected region. While every organization must devise its own response strategy, grasping the basic dynamics of protests can inform these decisions.


For More Information For detailed analyses on recent regional protests, refer to OSAC’s various reports. Direct any queries related to this topic to OSAC’s Cross Regional Analyst.





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