MedicAlert Awareness Month

Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 5:32pm in:

Are you a diabetic? Are you allergic to penicillin? Do you require certain life-saving medication in an emergency? Do you wish to invoke a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order under certain situations? MedicAlert can tell the doctors caring for you what they need to know. A medical ID can save precious time in diagnosing the reason for the emergency. It can also clue doctors in on any allergies the wearer has before administering medication or first aid. In an emergency, you may be unable to speak for yourself. A MedicAlert bracelet speaks for you – and may well make the difference in saving your life.

The MedicAlert Foundation has been around for over sixty years. In 1953, 14-year-old Linda Collins of Turlock, California cut her finger badly and had to go to the hospital. During a sking test at the hospital (standard procedure), Linda went into anaphylactic shock and nearly died. Motivated by her brush with death, Linda thought up the concept of the silver bracelet, with the medical symbol on one side, special medical instructions on the other. Linda and her father, a doctor, sent the design to a jeweler in San Francisco who designed the first MedicAlert bracelet.

In the next decade, MedicAlert grew to national prominence in the medical field. In the seventies, MedicAlert launched its computer database, which it vastly updated and expanded in the nineties. Today, the MedicAlert website provides useful information and resources for wearers of MedicAlert bracelets, their families, and the medical community. MedicAlert has affiliates in nine countries: the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Why Do Medical Alert Systems Matter For Our Elderly?

So how can you take the necessary steps to safeguard your senior loved ones during this month?  If you think your aging loved one a candidate for a life-saving medical alert system, here’s what you need to know:

  • When a medical emergency occurs, will your aging loved one be able to communicate potentially life-saving medical information to first responders and other healthcare professionals? While August’s MedicAlert Awareness Month was established by the MedicAlert Foundation, this annual observation also offers the ideal opportunity to assess your loved one’s medical alert needs.
  • Prompt treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Medical alert systems offer invaluable assistance to seniors thanks to around-the-clock monitoring. With the push of a button, the appropriate help can be alerted and dispatched within moments, along with key information, such as medical conditions, allergies, and medications.
  • One of the most beneficial elements of today’s medical alert systems are their ease of use. Worn around the neck or as a bracelet, MedicAlert ID’s offer instant two-way communication. Your loved one won’t have to struggle to reach the phone, recall phone numbers, or shout for help if they are in an emergency situation. Some systems even offer advanced functionality designed to detect high-impact falls and automatically call for help if your aging loved one is unable to push the button himself.

MedicAlert also works in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, has a national “emergency response service” for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, at risk of becoming lost. If you’re interested in getting a Medic Alert bracelet for yourself or a family member, contact the Medic Alert Foundation at MedicAlert.org.

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