It's important that older adults be aware, but also empowered and not patronized or nagged by those around them. By producing a checklist that helps individuals and their support people identify assets and liabilities in their environment they can identify specific steps to take to increase their safety and independence. Such a check list could become part of a PSA campaign, showing the checklist on the screen and showing places on line where it can be copied. Churches , individuals and community organizations could then use it to identify areas to focus up. Copies could be made available at Sunday services and the front desks of all senior centers.
The survey might include specific categories to assess, such as strength level, balance skills and environmental challenges or supports. Practitioners could use it with or offer it to their patients to help them make decisions about behaviors or environmental steps they might take.