Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 400,000 inspiring examples.
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 750 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Join over 200,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Join 20,000,000+ people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling methods, best innovation books & keynote videos.
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
Learn how the Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Keynotes & Workshops
Empower your team with the insights and frameworks they need to innovate better and faster.
Custom Research
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Futurists
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
Grow your professional skillset in an award-winning workplace.
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
World Summit
Learn why 97% of people rate it "the best innovation conference ever".
1-Day Innovation Events
Explore our 2019 tour dates and find the best city to inspire your team.
Custom Events
Bring Future Festival to your team or event with our custom programming.
Search our database of over 390,000 cutting edge ideas.

Kick-Ass Elders

Seniors Stepping Up Their Self-Defense Game

— December 25, 2008 — Lifestyle
Today’s elders aren’t as ready to be docile little old people as elders may have been in the past. They certainly aren’t about to take any guff from would-be attackers, human or beast.

It’s all in the headlines: 97-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Robbery Suspect; Woman, 83, Fights off robber; 74-Year-Old Man Fights Off Mugger With Tire Iron; and, Woman, 65, Saves Husband From Mountain Lion. These are just a few of the many reports in the news that lead me to advise, don’t mess with old people.

Take Nell Hamm, for example. She beat a mountain lion over the head with a log when it nabbed her husband during a hike. She also tried poking it in the eye with a pen from her hubby’s pocket, but the pen bent, so she went back to clubbing it until it gave up and walked away. Nell is just a youngster compared to 97-year-old Dorothy Buckingham who fought off a would-be purse snatcher who was 50 years younger than she. The robber was arrested a short time after the failed attempt.

One group of senior citizens on a Caribbean cruise gave three armed attackers a surprise when they fought back. Two of the attackers ran away and a third was delivered to the police dead. This is serious stuff. Seniors are taking it seriously too. More and more senior centers have traded-in the Bingo tables for self-defense classes. Students learn how to defend themselves using what is most likely to be at hand - a cane.

Canes can be very effective as you’ll realize when you see the story in the video above.

One super-spy senior recommends, “Stay fit, eat well, and exercise.”

I don’t think I’ll argue with her.