Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.


  • Be aware that you are especially susceptible to alcoholism due to
    • Possible significant life changes e.g., death of spouse
    • Possible lack of events (e.g., going to work) that you need to be sober for
    • Possible lack of a support system
  • Use caution in use of alcohol with medications
  • Remove throw rugs (trip hazard)
  • Check electrical cords:
    • Ensure they aren't a trip hazard
    • Not too many things connected to extension cords — fire hazard
  • Check phone extension cords
    • Ensure they aren't a trip hazard
    • Consider having additional phone jack installed to prevent having to use extension cord too much
  • Obtain a phone which:
    • Has large numbers
    • Has one-button dialing for police, fire, etc.
    • Is programmable for other numbers
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (remove old medication, leave only important ones)
  • Keep a rubber mat available for the bathtub/shower
  • Consider having a ramp (permanent or temporary) ramp installed leading to an entrance to your home
  • Throw out old food in kitchen
  • Take things off high shelf so there won't be a temptation to reach too much
  • Use a clear mug with a handle which won't tip over easily (instead of a cup and saucer which can be tipped over easily and then reaching for the falling cup could cause a fall)
  • Use non-breakable dishes, etc.
  • Check batteries in fire alarms, smoke detectors, etc.
  • Ensure flashlights are readily available and operational, with extra batteries available
  • Consider taking the herb ginkgo to improve blood circulation
  • For more info:


  1. On April 19th, 2009, Lynn JP said:

    I need help to put together a list of ideas for senior citizens ideas for activities for the seniors to choose an activity for the majority of the group. The purpose to find actvity ideas for seniors that they would enjoy. PLEASE HELP!

  2. On April 19th, 2009, Don Parcher said:

    Lynn, How active/mobile are the senior citizens? Are you looking for activities to do at a senior center or activities they would have to travel to do? An activity director at a nursing home would probably have some good ideas. We’ll work on adding activities to this checklist.

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