You wouldn’t dream of doing anything that would sabotage your plans for a long, healthy and independent lifestyle, would you? The reason I ask is that many seniors are living on the edge, perhaps someone in your own family. You may recognize yourself in some of these “Are You” questions…something to think about: • Are you still driving, even if you know in heart that you are not comfortable behind the wheel? Plan ahead and figure out a contingency plan for when that day arrives. Taxi chits, the bus, designated drivers, a three-wheel bike or a scooter are all in the realm of possibilities. • Are you refusing to get a hearing aid, wear reading glasses, use a cane, or wear “granny shoes” because they make you look old? Nothing you do or refuse to do is going to stop time from moving on. Get used to the idea. • Are you too embarrassed to discuss personal problems with your health care providers? Believe me they have seen and heard it all. Nothing you can say is “too personal” for them to hear. • Are you afraid to ask dumb questions? There is no such thing as a dumb question. Make sure you understand instructions whether from you physician or the salesman selling you a new phone. • Are you taking fall prevention seriously? Do whatever it takes to be steady on your feet. Safety proof your house. Keep your phone on you or use an emergency help device. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. • Do you know what medicines you are taking? Take medication administration seriously. It could be a matter of life or death…yours. • Are you participating in prevention programs? See your doctor regularly and take advantage of vaccines and screenings. Ask for help. You are not a bother, or at least you aren’t until something happens that could have been prevented. Stay safe and stay well; don’t sabotage your independence by being careless or indifferent.