Be healthy and safe, with a walking cane.
Be healthy and safe, with a walking cane. nicky.norman

Safe Steps, a walk to better health and safety in Brisbane

COMMON accessories such a canes, walking sticks or umbrellas are all effective mobility, exercise and self-defence 'tools' for seniors.

Philippe Hoareau says Safe Steps, a recently-formed personal safety community in Brisbane, is a free group for people of all ages who love walking and also want to take steps to improve their personal safety. "Walking can and should be an adventure," Philippe says.

"But as we all know adventures are not without inherent risks."

Safe Steps encourages members to take control of their own personal safety wherever they are through assertive psychology and situational awareness.

Walking routes can be varied and incorporate innovative exercises to improve fitness, stay active and remain functionally independent. Safe Steps is also an online personal safety community, posting regular personal safety articles and encouraging online discussions to empower members to take more control over their safety.

Walking sticks and canes can be carried almost anywhere in the world. They are a great all-around survival tool and can be used in a number of survival situations including building a shelter, making a splint and improvising a crude defence weapon.

"All Safe Steps events are free, fun, engaging, informative and physical," Philippe said.

Contact Philippe on 0431 582 147 or visit www.meetup.com/Brisbane-Safe-Steps/ and also find out about the popular Golden Canes seniors health and safety program.


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