I'm fortunate enough not to really NEED a stick to get around. . . but I'm 62, have a bad ankle, my eyesight isn't getting better, and I often walk my dog at light on potholed streets and uneven sidewalks, in an iffy neighborhood.
With this as background: what are your thoughts about a cane to use as a mobility aid with possible self defense applications? I'm thinking about woods, weight, types and shapes of handles, etc.
Unless you are proficient and work out with the stick, the odds are that someone will take it away from you and reintroduce it to you elsewhere!
If you are not physically healthy enough to swing practice, hard, to be able to maintain your grip...
A false sense of security is more dangerous than a healthy sense of your own limitations.
Ever hear of the Zap cane?
Aluminum, with bright flashlight in the handle (a weapon in itself in confronted at night... blinding him for long enough to exit stage right!
And a billion volts from the prods at the bottom, if the light doesn't do it, the voltage will!
You would still have to become familiar with it and with your limitations! That is wisdom.
And still a young buck might feed it back to you.
Perhaps Faith will stand you better than other options?