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Safety

  • Alcohol Use In Older People
    Find how alcohol affects your health as you age. Get advice on sobriety, alcoholism, how much alcohol is too much, and getting help to stop drinking.
  • Beware of Health Scams
    Learn about health scams and problems with using untested treatments and cures. Read tips to avoid falling for unproven anti-aging medications as well as arthritis remedies, cancer cures, and more.
  • Crime and Older People
    Be informed about your personal safety and the risks of crime. Get tips about avoiding crime at home and elsewhere, fighting fraud, and preventing identity theft. Find advice on what to do about elder abuse and how to stay safe as you age.
  • Falls and Fractures
    It’s important for older people to avoid falling.  Learn some tips to prevent a fall or fracture such as staying physically active and knowing the side effects of your medicines Get for making your home safe to prevent falls.
  • Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease
    Get home safety tips that help a person with Alzheimer’s disease age in place. Learn what to do about driving, emergencies, and more.
  • Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health
    Learn about heat-related illnesses—hyperthermia (e.g., heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and more) and seek help for symptoms of heat stroke.
  • Medicines: Use Them Safely
    Find basic information about taking medicines, including what to discuss with your doctor and pharmacist. Get tips for shopping for your prescription online and reminders about over-the-counter drugs.
  • Older Drivers
    Read about the types of issues—vision, hearing, reaction time, and more—that can make it difficult for older people to drive. Get tips for driving safely, deciding when to give up driving, and finding ways to get around when no longer driving.
  • Safe Use of Medicines
    This 13-page booklet has personal stories, answers to common questions, and practical tips to help older people take their medicines safely.
  • There's No Place Like Home - For Growing Old
    As people get older, health issues may make it more difficult to live at home and stay independent. Find suggestions and resources, from assistive devices to long-term care, to help make living at home convenient, safe, and affordable for aging adults.