• Take care of your health.
• Seek professional help for depression or alcohol and drug problems (including prescription drugs).
• Learn about domestic violence services in your area.
• Attend support groups.
• Plan your own future. Create a living will to avoid confusion over healthcare decisions should you become incapacitated. Assign power of attorney to someone you can really trust. Seek independent advice before signing any documents.
• Avoid social isolation. Stay active in the community and connected with friends and family.
• Know your rights. If you engage the services of a paid or family caregiver, you have the right to voice your preferences and concerns—and have them respected. If you live in a long term care facility, get the name of your long-term care ombudsman. This person is your primary advocate and has the power to intervene.
• If you think you are being abused or neglected, SPEAK OUT, even if you are not sure. You have a right to question.