Westchester County

Nutrition, Health, Safety

Nutrition, Health and Safety

Include fish for a healthful diet.Be aware of safety precautions you can take in your own home. Check out fire safety tips such as installing and maintaining smoke detectors, using smoking and cooking materials safely, and heating your home safely.

Resources abound for seniors who want to maintain their health, eat well and keep fit. A good place to start is with the Nutrition News for Seniors, which is written by the registered dietitians in the Senior Programs and Services Department. 

A Healthier You
The Department of Health suggests 12 Steps to a Healthier You with information on heart health, preventing falls, the Westchester Rx prescription savings program, the shingles vaccine and more.

Living Well is a federal program that encourages older Americans to self-manage chronic conditions - such as arthritis and pain management  - while they continue to see their health care professional.

Get the facts about depression, cancer and healthy hearts. Learn how you can get home health care services and long term care and why you should have a living will and health care proxy.

Older adults in today’s society often face physical, emotional, social and economic losses that can make aging a difficult process. The Senior Citizen Guide to Mental Health Services was produced to assist seniors and their families in obtaining information on available programs and services in Westchester County.

Understand the symptoms of heat related illness and learn how to keep cool when the health department issues a heat advisory.

Elder Fraud
Senior Crime Busters is a proactive elder fraud and crime prevention program that teaches seniors how to recognize potential scams before they happen, and how to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

In July 2012, the Office of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the publication of Smart Seniors, a statewide program to help seniors identify potential scams and abuses before they occur and information to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is also an important issue because so many incidents are not reported. Know the signs and symptoms, certain characteristics that may cause a caregiver to commit abuse and how to report suspected abuse. 

Special Needs
Consider signing up with the Special Needs Registry if you might require assistance leaving your home during an emergency. The registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own.