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Hey, Crooks: Don't Even Think About It

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Martial Arts

April 13, 2009

Say someone approaches you to ask for directions. You stop and help, and notice the person keeps getting closer. Is it cause for alarm? What about if someone knocks on your door with a sales pitch about needed work on your house? Knowing the warning signs for a potential attack – physical or financial - can help you protect yourself.

Learning how to avoid physical attacks and financial scams will be the topic of Tuesday’s “Senior Expo: Protect Yourself and Your Wallet,” part of series of programs offered by County Aging & Independence Services, the District Attorney’s Office and the County Library. Funding for the series was provided by the Barona, Sycuan and Viejas tribal governments.

“Now more than ever, older adults need to be vigilant in protecting themselves from abuse – be it physical or financial,” said Pamela Smith, Director of County Aging & Independence Services.

“We’ve found that education is the best weapon of self-defense. And fortunately, understanding a few key warning signs can go a long way in protecting yourself,” Smith said.

The Senior Expo runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 14, at the Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Dr.  (Google Map)

Demonstrating self-defense will be Mary Davis, a 70-year-old black belt in karate. Davis will teach the “Four As” of self-defense: Attitude, Awareness, Assessment and Action, and provide tips for use at home, in your car and on the street.

In the second portion, experts from Adult Protective Services and the District Attorney’s Office will explain how to avoid scams, fraud and other forms of financial abuse.

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