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On Wednesday, October 9, Dr. Thomas and adult student S. McCutchen were pleased to return to The People's Community Baptist Church after a long absence to present a senior safety and self-defense seminar for the members of the very active Generation One community organization that regularly meets at the church. They demonstrated a few simple self-defense methods and performed some everyday "street smarts" skits for the large gathering that packed the room. A major concern expressed by the attendees was the vulnerability of seniors and the need for safety and simple self-defense, including against scams.
Thomas stressed that acting quickly and confidently to create the element of surprise is paramount in a perilous situation. A full lunch of fried fish, side dishes, and dessert was provided, which was much appreciated! Thomas was asked to return soon to hold additional, in-depth seminars. Thomas, adult students A. Banks-Jones, H. Jenifer, and S. McCutchen, and youth students Da. Jenifer provided a senior safety and self-defense seminar for an enthusiastic group of seniors at the Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church on Friday, April They spoke about safety and self-defense for seniors, including scams. They also demonstrated a few simple self-defense methods and performed some everyday "street smarts" skits. They stressed street smarts as an important part of our daily lives remaining vigilant about what is happening around you, whether at home, in your neighborhood, or wherever you travel in order to be more safe and acting quickly and confidently to create the element of surprise that will help you escape a dangerous situation.
We thank the sponsors and attendees for the sharing their tasty potluck dinner, from sal to desserts--quite a treat! Thomas appreciates the invitation to be a speaker at Mt. Moriah and looks forward to returning to hold additional seminars for both seniors and children e. He expressed his concern that not enough is being done in the schools to train children how to deal with bullies and refuse the advances of predators, citing the increasingly rampant uptick of these dangerous behaviors in recent years.
See the interview at this link. Thomas, adult student S. McCutchen, and youth student A. Seemangal provided a senior safety and self-defense seminar for an enthusiastic group of seniors at the Kiwanis International Northern Capital District Leadership Development Conference in Silver Spring on Saturday, August 6.
They spoke about safety, self-defense, and bullying, and they demonstrated a few simple self-defense methods and performed some everyday "street smarts" skits. They stressed street smarts as an important part of your daily life remaining vigilant about what is happening around you, whether at home, in your neighborhood, or wherever you travel in order to be more safe and acting quickly and confidently to create the element of surprise that will help you escape a dangerous situation do not allow yourself to be taken from Point A to Point B because escape at that juncture will become more difficult.
Thomas appreciates the invitation to be a speaker at this conference and looks forward to continuing to work with Kiwanis International. They and the residents had a lively exchange about the subject of and their actual experiences with bullying. The takeaway messages were that there are many types of bullying, verbal and physical, and that there are many ways to address bullying behaviors, depending on the situation. It was clear that more such seminars need to be held to address the issues raised.
Thomas will return soon to demonstrate safety and self-defense methods to the residents in an interactive seminar tailored to them. These methods can be used in the event that bullying and other behaviors escalate to a level where they need to protect themselves and avoid injury before they contact the appropriate authorities.
He spoke with many seniors who attended and provided information about his Saving the Seniors program. This program addresses the many issues that affect seniors, from bullying to elder abuse to scams to physical assault, because they may be perceived as weak or helpless and easy targets. Thomas and Ms. McCutchen were invited by St. Thomas to do a senior safety and self-defense seminar at its monthly meeting.
This organization is concerned about the community and its members are trying to do their part to keep themselves and the other residents safe and to improve the quality of all of their lives. The seniors learned some basic self-defense techniques. They also learned about safety through skits showing possible dangerous situations at the grocery store and the gas station, as well as from discussion about scams perpetrated on seniors.
Thomas explained that while it is often difficult for them to accept, seniors need to be aware that they are part of the street and are often targeted as victims by individuals sometimes even by family members in the home who may wish to do them physical or psychological harm. As a follow-up to his June 8 Bladensburg workshop, Dr.
With audience participation, he showed several simple self-defense techniques. He also performed skits to show examples of seniors becoming prey to scams, abductions, and robberies. As one participant asserted, it is important to show easy-to-remember, uncomplicated techniques that can be enacted quickly to get away from an attacker. Otherwise, a prolonged encounter with dire consequences can be anticipated. On Monday, June 8, Dr. Approximately 25 people attended, including local police representatives.
We become more vulnerable as we grow older and often face increasing difficulties relative to our age and decreasing physical abilities. Thomas is a world-renown safety and self-defense expert who takes these factors into and works extensively with seniors to teach them street smarts so they will become more confident and feel more comfortable in their daily interactions and activities.
Dana Duncan and District II Officer Krystal Culbreth police representatives briefly described the services they provide for seniors and distributed safety and crime-reporting materials. Participants left wanting to learn more about how they can empower themselves so they will feel more safe as they go about their very active lives. A pdf document can be downloaded here. Story and photos are by photojournalist Bobby Jones.
CTV taped an interview with Dr. He spoke briefly about his upcoming Senior Safety and Self-Defense Workshop to be held at Bladensburg Community Center on June 8, and demonstrated with his assistant a few simple self-defense moves using a cane, as well as a way to escape from a chokehold. The Harmony Haller seniors invited Dr. Thomas back to the Harmony Hall Regional Center to conduct a seminar for seniors to reprise his practical self-defense demonstrations and offer important safety information and instruction in street smarts for seniors, particularly considering the upcoming holiday season and the usual upswing in crime.
Twenty-five seniors enjoyed the interactive two-hour session and learned about suggested ways to deal with situations on the street and in their homes in which they might feel threatened or are in danger of being accosted. By bringing his methods to the seniors, he hopes to give them confidence and empower them so that they will be able to better enjoy their lives.
He spoke with them about their perceived vulnerability because they are older and some use a cane or a walker. Thomas demonstrated some basic self-defense moves and provided safety tips, with a particular focus on scams being perpetrated on unsuspecting seniors because they tend to be more trusting.
As was pointed out during the discussion, while a person should practice the golden rule, it is important to be street smart and aware of one's surroundings in order to not become a victim of a physical, financial, or psychological assault. Congresswoman Donna Edwards invited Dr. At the event, he demonstrated some basic self-defense methods and provided safety tips for seniors and anybody else to keep in mind as they are out shopping or on the street. These events focused on seniors are particularly important as an increasing of older people are out and about doing many different activities and may find themselves targeted because they may be perceived as being vulnerable.
On April 12, Dr. Thomas discussed verbal and physical bullying and other ificant issues with a of youth who participate in Teen Night at the Bladensburg Community Center. Other speakers included in alphabetical order Keith Dickerson Founder and CEO of A-1 Transmission, who focuses on educating reentry persons who want to learn vehicle repair and on preparing people to become business owners ; Brother Joe Gibson a dedicated educator ; Brother Larry Powell a baptized, born-again Christian who has rededicated his life after having faced painful adversity largely of his own making for many years ; and Reverend Annie Varner a life educator who has created the "Under Wings of Eagles" program directed at helping young people.
The final presentation was a short film that addressed teen pregnancy and its effect on the lives of the girls and the boys involved from the standpoint of young people who have found themselves in this difficult situation. This event was sponsored by the Seniors against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, and was the brainchild of the moderator, Deacon Barbara Givens, who is the grandmother of a Rambler student and the support group's founder and president.
The focus of the program was on promoting dialogue among senior citizens and young people in an effort to "eliminate crime and negative consequences while making better choices for a happier and more prosperous journey through life. Thomas looks forward to reprising his role in this kind of positive dialogue in the upcoming monthly "rap" sessions that will begin in May On March 11, Dr.
Thomas was invited back to the Hillcrest Community Center to give a senior self-defense demonstration for the Hillcrest Heights Seniors Social Club during their monthly meeting. He demonstrated some basic self-defense methods and provided safety tips for seniors to keep in mind as they are out shopping or going to the gas station. He was invited back to give an extended workshop to include hands-on practice for the large club membership. Thomas partnered with Cpl.
Lucy Muse Prince George's County Police Department to give a seminar for seniors about the importance of self awareness in regard to safety. Thirty attendees came to the event and learned a few basic self-defense moves and discussed scams perpetrated on seniors.
He stressed that they need to assess the safety aspects of their surroundings for example, people who are loitering or acting suspiciously and to take precautions, such as letting someone in the family or a friend know when they anticipate arriving home, not getting out of their cars if they are being insistently bumped from behind on the highway, not pulling over in an isolated area if they do need to stop, and being wary of particularly helpful strangers who may actually be setting them up to be robbed or assaulted. The seniors expressed their appreciation for the tips about street and home "smarts" and asked Dr.
Thomas to come back to teach them more. At the invitation of Cpl. Thomas provided 80 seniors in Ms. Masago's fitness class with a basic self-defense demonstration and discussed scams perpetrated on seniors with them. The attendees greatly appreciated seeing the practical physical techniques he showed and participated in a good discussion about the need to practice those techniques so they become automatic responses, to be aware of one's surroundings, and to be street smart and aware of ways in which they can adjust their lifestyles by including everyday safety methods.
These include letting someone know when they anticipate arriving home, not getting out of their cars if they are being insistently bumped from behind on the highway, and being wary of and savvy about how to handle seemingly kindly or "safe" strangers who approach them with possible trickery or assault in mind.Senior swingers Gapland Maryland
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