Today our first speaker was Genie Reynolds of Magic Genie Real Estate & Property Management of Strasburg, CO. Today, Genie decided to give her time to guest speaker, her husband, Greg Reynolds, a security specialist working as head of security at the Federal Center and worked with the Sheriff’s Department prior to taking his current position. Greg spoke to us today about personal safety, he started by telling us that criminals don’t break the law because of a bad childhood or any other reason other than they like it. Women are more often the target because we have more distractions than men. If you have been targeted by a criminal you will be attacked and when attacked you need to keep in mind that you should fight to survive. Do not be afraid to hurt your attacker – he isn’t afraid of hurting you. A couple things to keep in mind is that help is not always on the way and you must be willing to kill to survive. You can take classes on self-defense but you must train until it is second nature and take your training outside the classroom, you are not going to be attacked in a classroom so being trained to perceive threats outside the classroom in very important. You can also get a Concealed Carry Permit for a gun – keep in mind that when carrying you need to practice until firing at center mass is second nature and as well should train with you weapon at the very least once a month. Greg also wanted to stress to us that your mind set is your best weapon – most criminals do not want someone who will fight. A criminal wants an easy target, so your best weapon is your voice, your hands and feet – bite, kick, scream and hit – 90% percent of victims that fought back survived. You never know how you will react to the situation until it happens. If your attacker is trying to get you into a car or off into a different area – fight back as if your life depended on it, because it does. Once the attacker has you some place private all bets are off and you have very little chance of survival. Try to get someone else involved, whether it be a clerk or someone in a parking lot, an attacker may be less likely to attack if some one else has seen them. If you are approached in your place of business with someone intent on robbing you – open the register and walk away from it, if you have weapon in your place of business keep it away from the register and when you walk away – walk to where you keep it. The criminal wants the money – so just get away from it. If you think you are being stalked talk first to someone you trust to verify and witness an incident when you feel you are being watched. A stalker will watch you until he finds your weakest point and then strike. So being aware at all times is not changing your life to avoid predators – it is making you less vulnerable. Other things to keep in mind, gang members train with pepper spray and mace only works on 20%-30% of the population, I know we thought it was a reliable method of protection-it appears to be far less effective.

Greg Reynolds * Safe Shooter by Greg *  *  303.881.8245

DSC00495Our second speaker was Ann Allen from Home Instead Senior Care in Denver, Colorado. Ann wanted to talk to us today about “The 40-70 Rule” to help us understand how to deal with tough topics about our aging parents. The 40-70 rule is based on the idea that if you are 40 you most likely have a parent that is 70 and it time to start thinking about their independence and lifestyle. Ann gave us seven tips to help communicate with your parents. 1) Getting Started – the best starting point is observing and gathering information in their own home. Do not jump to conclusions from one single observation or action, but watch and keep an open mind. 2) Talk About Your Observations – discuss with your parent(s) what you have observed and ask them what they think is going on. If they acknowledge the issue, then discuss solutions and if they don’t, give them concrete examples – offer support and options. 3) Sooner is Better – talk sooner rather than later when a crisis has occurred. If you are aware that a loved one has poor eyesight or trouble driving at night – address this issue before a problem arises. 4) Do Not Use Baby Talk – always remember you are talking to an adult – not a child. Do not talk down or use patronizing speech – it will make your parent defensive and convey a lack of respect for them. 5) Maximize Independence – always try to move to solutions that will provide the maximum amount of independence for your parent. Find answers that will optimize the strengths and compensate for any limitations. 6) Be Aware of the Whole Situation – if there is a death in the family and your mom’s house is suddenly in disarray; it is probably not because she is ill or suddenly suffering dementia. More likely it may be a lack of social support and interaction – accompanied by the loss of a close family member. 7) Ask For Help – many of the issues of aging can be solved by providing the independence that you parents have been used to and to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.

The resources that are offered by Home Instead Senior Care can help you and your parents deal with the issues that may arise. Home Instead offers a full service non-medical in home care giving that will give your aging parents their independence back. They can also provide you with peace of mind when you are living in a different part of the country and can not be there for your parent and their daily needs. If you have reached the point in life when your parents need a little extra help maintaining their independence and are not ready to leave their home – Home Instead Senior Care can offer the perfect solution for you. Ann Allen and Home Instead Senior Care can give you the option that is right for you and your parent!

 Ann Allen * Home Instead Senior Care * 303.463.1900 * *