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Well-Being: Stay Safe

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Being in a safe supportive environment is important at home, work, or out in your community.

  • Decrease your risk of falls by checking your home for possible dangers:
    • Poor lighting
    • Stairs that are difficult to navigate because of lighting or mobility
    • Slippery floors, throw rugs, or electrical cords along the walkway that you may trip on
  • Ask your Primary Care Provider if there are home modifications and/or adaptive equipment (such as walkers, shower chairs) that can help
  • Be aware of elder abuse and neglect. Abuse can include financial exploitation – from someone mismanaging your funds to a con artist trying to steal your money
  • Ask for help if you are being harmed, feel unsafe, or suspect exploitation

Resources for Veterans:

The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.

Elder Abuse

Receive help and support if you are experiencing:

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Neglect by someone who provides care to you

National Adult Protective Services Association Help in Your Area

Ask your doctor or social worker for a referral for assistance.


  • Symptoms of depression
  • When to ask for help with depression
  • Where you can find help

CDC Fact Sheet: Depression is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Fall Prevention

  • Brochures with fall prevention strategies
  • Help to increase safety and avoid falls
  • Lists 10 common myths about falls
  • Explains why they are not true

Fall Prevention Article: Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Services for Older Adults

  • Connecting You to Community Services

Find Help in Your Community

Home Modification

  • Directory of home modification resources
  • Search for services in your state
  • Glossary of terms and tools/strategies to help you decide which home modifications might be most useful to you
  • How to get the modifications you want

National Directory of Home Modification Resources
Elder Care Home Modification Resources

Economic Security

  • Tips on saving money, increasing income and avoiding scams

National Council on Aging Economic Tools and Resources for Caregivers & Older Adults
National Council on Aging Article: 22 Steps for Avoiding Scams and Swindles
Savvy Saving Seniors®: Steps to Avoiding Scams

Find out about other Well-being topics

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