Personal Safety

Please note that this module is not available for continuing education credit.

Category: Aging Smart

More and more aging adults are living independently longer. This independence calls for an increased need to make certain older adults are safe in their homes. The most common accidents involving older people are related to falls, burns, and poisoning. Unfortunately, older persons living at home are also often the target of criminals that prey on their victims in a variety of ways. If you are caring for an older person or if you are an older adult living alone, there are some things that you can do to stay safe. In this module we will talk about safety. Safety in the home, walking and traveling, and staying safe online and with social media as well as detecting scams. Please note that this module is not available for continuing education.


Ohio State University Extension

Our goal at the Ohio State University is, through our Extension services, to bring the knowledge of the university directly to you so that you may better your lives, businesses, and communities.  To that end, we created the Aging Smart Program, which we hope to continue to grow.  We were fortunate enough to have several OSU Extension Educators contribute to the development of the Aging Smart Program: their names are listed below.

We hope you find this module to be helpful, and will consider taking all of the Aging Smart modules! 

Kathryn Green, M.S.
Ohio State University Extension Educator
OSU Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences

Carmen Irving, M.A., CFLE, CYC-P
Healthy Relationships Program Specialist
OSU Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences


  1. Identify home safety strategies.
  2. Identify and apply best practices for personal safety.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases in some instances, and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with a Module Feedback form. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.