How Does Your Brain Score? Take the Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

Checklist: How to Assess Whether Someone Living Alone Needs Care

If any of the following conditions exist, the person should not be living alone and requires immediate assistance:

  • Weight loss of more than six pounds or 10 percent of body weight in six months
  • Agitated paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, suicidal thoughts, aggression
  • Weapons present, especially loaded
  • Evidence of fire or misuse of appliances
  • No food in the house
  • Falling
  • Medication mistakes
  • Repeated emergency room visits, hospitalizations, or physical complaints
  • Evidence of domestic violence, including the person injuring a caregiver
  • Frequent calls to police or emergency services
  • Wandering outside the home

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Resource Center

Find tools, work sheets and tips on how to plan, prepare and succeed as a caregiver. Select a Caregiving Resource Center topic from the drop-down menu below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Reading eyeglasses eyemed 6 membership benefit health

Members save 25% on orders of $200 or more and get free basic lenses at

Prescription medication spilling out of bottle

Members get a free Rx discount card from AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by Catamaran.

grocery coupon center member benefit aarp

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by

Caregiving walking

Caregiving can be a lonely journey, but AARP offers resources that can help.