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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
    Read about dangerous health scams, like fountain of youth and anti-aging promises, special diets, miracle cures or drugs, and other unproven products.
  • 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
    Do you have a fear of falling? Find tips on fall prevention, how to avoid tripping and slipping, and ways to lower your chances of getting a fracture.
  • 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
    Older drivers: Get tips to drive safely, improve your eyesight, and avoid distracted driving. Also, find out when it may be time to give up 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
    Is it better to get help right at home or find a place for mom or dad—or for you? Read ways an aging senior may have help at home instead of moving.