Senior Safety Tips: Simple Tips for Home Safety

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference for today’s active seniors. Here are ten senior safety tips to help improve your quality of life, safety, and security.

  1. Know how much is too much to lift. Lifting too much weight could result in injury. Ask for help when lifting or moving heavy objects.
  2. Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicines to prevent a mix up.
  3. Help lower your heart disease risk with an active lifestyle and by monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  4. To help prevent falls, put no-slip lining under rugs to keep them from bunching and moving around.
  5. Regular exercise can help improve balance and coordination, which can in turn help prevent falls.
  6. If you or someone you care for has diabetes, make sure never to store insulin in the extreme cold, direct sunlight, or the glove compartment of a car.
  7. Put a security whistle on your key ring and don’t be afraid to use it if you are accosted or threatened.
  8. Properly placed grab bars in your tub and shower, and next to the toilet, can help you avoid falls. Have grab bars installed, and use them every time you get in and out of the tub or shower. Be sure the grab bars are securely attached to the wall.
  9. Leave curtains parted when you are on vacation, so your house doesn’t have an empty look.
  10. If you rely on regular medications and plan to travel on an airplane, keep all necessary medication and prescriptions in your carry-on.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Senior Health,,

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