Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bullying among senior citizens getting more common

Social workers, recreation-center officials and others who work with the elderly say bullying among senior citizens is getting more common.

As the retirement population increases and more people enter care homes and retirement centers “it’s a pretty big deal,” said Melanie Starns, an assistant Arizona Department of Economic Security director overseeing the Aging and Adult Services Division.

“The mean girls were there in school and as we get older, they are still around,” she said.

Robin Bonifas, a gerontology expert at Arizona State University, estimates that 10 percent to 20 percent of older people in care homes experience some type of abuse from fellow residents.

Doris Lor, 76, said despite repeated complaints to the director of her homeowners association in Chandler, Ariz, she still can’t get a seat at a card table, gets the cold shoulder at the women’s club and has been chased away from seats at the community pool.

“No matter where you go, even if you pay for the activity, the clique saves all the seats,” Lor said.

Gannett News Service

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Elderly Couple Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Reported by: Cristina Rendon

BROWNSVILLE - Police are releasing the identities of an elderly man and a woman found dead in their Brownsville home.

Authorities believe Adan and Rosario Salinas died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police say the 69-year-old couple was found dead in their bedroom Thursday evening. They tell us a family member got worried after repeated phone calls had gone unanswered. They went to check on them and that’s when they discovered the victims unresponsive.

The couple's 37-year-old son and 15-year-old grandson were also in the house. The son is in the hospital in critical condition. The grandson is in stable condition.

Authorities say their investigation points to high levels of carbon monoxide in the home. We're told an appliance, possibly a water heater, is to blame.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The large majority of bankruptcy filings from senior citizens stem from credit card debt

Sunday, December 26, 2010
By William Davis

Only 7 percent of all bankruptcy cases filed in the U.S. between 1991 and 2007 were entered by people aged 65 and older, however, the demographic was the fastest-growing age group observed in a new study from the University of Michigan Law School. About two-thirds of these elderly consumers were forced to file for protection because their credit card debt was unmanageable; their debt was roughly 50percent higher than it was for bankrupted consumers in other age groups.

There were a number of causes for these filings, the most common being senior citizens' reliance on credit cards to pay for medical expenses as their incomes decreased and became fixed, the report said. In addition, others had to deal with the death of a spouse who provided a secondary income.

In recent months, fewer Americans filed for bankruptcy as a result of insurmountable credit card debt. Fewer filings may signal improvement in the economy and rising consumer confidence.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lockboxes give rescuers keys to ailing seniors' homes in a crisis

By MEGHA SATYANARAYANA Free Press Staff Writer

Alta Giles fell last month in the hallway of her Center Line home and called for help using her medical alert bracelet. It was the 93-year-old's third medical call to police in a year.

Previously, police struggled to get to her inside her house. This time, they used a key.

Giles is participating in a lockbox project sponsored by the city's joint police and fire department. On her front door is a thick metal lockbox with a key inside. Only police and family members have the code. The lockbox, Giles said, makes her feel safe.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Another Great Customer Testimonial

"On behalf of my family, I would like to take a minute to thank Guardian as a whole, as well as the operator Norma Demott who were there to help my Papa this weekend. He had been experiencing discomfort through the night, not realizing he was having a heart attack, and pushed his button around 2:40 the morning of December 18th. It was such a comfort to my Nana and Papa to have Guardian there to help in such a scary moment, contact my Aunt to let her know they were on their way to the hospital and they loved the fact that Norma stayed on the line with them until EMS arrived. He is now recovering in the hospital and we truly feel this is in part due to the quick, compassionate and professional response that they received when he pushed his PERS button. Thank you to all for providing my family with peace of mind!"
Jennifer, MI

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mary Grant, October Employee of the Month

The Medical Monitoring Division would like to nominate Mary Grant as our October Maximum Achiever! Mary is a loyal team member who has been with Guardian for more than 20 years.

Mary is highly valued here in our Med Mon family as well as the Guardian family. She is truly a hard and dedicated worker, who is willing to work until the job is complete. She works closely with all Med Mon SIA team members to help develop creative ways to streamline many of our daily tasks.

Mary took it upon herself to initiate an Action Queue task schedule to fulfill her goal of becoming more efficient and more productive. One of Mary’s favorite tools is the egg timer that sounds when it is time to move on to the next task. There is no down time in Mary’s world.

Mary is also our go to person for covering vacations. She is the back up scheduler for Indiana and is trained in all areas of SIA. Lately, she has been very instrumental in organizing the Med Mon File Room. She has been working with the team to determine what files need to be condensed and re-filed and she has taken it upon herself to make filing part of her daily processes which has helped reduce unnecessary duplicates and lost files.

Mary is truly our MAXIMUM ACHIEVER!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Booming Senior Citizen Population Will Bring Social Security to Its Knees: Deficit Committee

Significant changes in seniors’ security blanket program detailed by committee in ‘The Moment of Truth’ report
By Tucker Sutherland, editor,
Dec. 3, 2010 – Most of the initial reactions to the proposal on December 1 by President Obama’s special committee seeking ways to reduce the U.S. deficit focused on changes to Medicare as being the most dramatic of the adjustments recommended. Medicare, no doubt, is critical to senior citizens but the program closer to the hearts of millions of seniors is Social Security – the security blanket. The committee’s report does urge drastic changes in this program to and says unless the nation acts the booming number elderly will “bring the Social Security program to its knees.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Police wake 94-year-old, tell her she slept through break-in and police shooting

“I just thank God everything turned out as well as it did,” says 94-year-old Lizzie Winfrey.
She woke up Monday morning to a massive police scene around her home.
It all developed after a witness noticed teens breaking in her window and called Flint Police. When officers responded Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock says one teen started to run while shooting at police. Officers shot him in the leg and arrested two other teen suspects.
Winfrey didn’t even know this had happened until police woke her up.
“I slept through all of it!” said Winfrey.
That wasn’t the end of the excitement. Ms. Winfrey remained in her home, thinking she was safe. Then suddenly she and her children who arrived after hearing the news heard an officer yelling at someone in the basement.
“He said, ‘Hold it right there!’ My heart started beating so fast,” says Winfrey’s daughter Exie Alexander.
Police then arrested a fourth teen believed to have been burglarizing Winfrey.
This family hopes this incident sends a message to Flint Mayor Dayne Walling who has said dozens more public safety lay-offs may be needed to balance the budget. They say it proves there is a need for the officers the city has.
A spokesperson from the mayor’s office says negotiations continue with city unions and could help prevent some cuts.
Meantime, rescue crews took the suspect shot to Hurley Medical Center. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Senior Helped by Guardian Medical Monitoring

Another great customer testimonial:"When I needed help back in July due to a fall, your Care Representative Felicia Caldwell did a great job of dispatching help for me. I am so thankful that you were there for me and I receive great service each time I call." - Robert F. Thanks for the kind words Robert and thank you to Felicia for all the great work!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Are Older Voters Blocking Social Policy Changes?

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18) -- As the baby boomers who gave us the term "generation gap" turn 65, a new divide is opening between young and old over everything from health care to gay rights to the right to get high. Republicans and Democrats alike insist it's time to stop piling debt onto future generations, yet political observers say the electoral clout of seniors may prove the biggest obstacle to reining in government spending. And just as in the 1960s, when many older Americans stood on the sidelines of the civil rights and women's movements, polls show seniors are the least enthused about allowing gays to serve openly in the military or get married."On social policy, we have a generation that consumes a huge portion of the federal budget yet doesn't approve of other Americans receiving benefits," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. "On cultural issues, there is a huge disconnect between retirees and much of the rest of the country."


Thursday, November 11, 2010

National forum focuses on elderly driver safety

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board says the government needs to work to reduce deaths and injuries among the nation's growing population of elderly drivers.
NTSB Chair Debbie Hersman convened a two-day meeting Tuesday in Washington to address the fact that as America is aging, so are its drivers.

From The Detroit News:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 10 million family caregivers. This November, during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is providing insight and support to those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s with two new resources: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Notebook and Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone™.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Senior citizens should be immunized for whooping cough, federal panel says

October 27, 2010 5:02 pm

Senior citizens should be vaccinated against whooping cough if they expect to be in contact with newborn infants, a federal health committee in Atlanta said Wednesday.

The vote by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention largely endorsed what California health officials have been saying since the summer: People 65 and older should get the Tdap shot, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Liese Pletcher, September Employee of the Month

The Medical Monitoring Division is proud to nominate Liese Pletcher as the September Maximum Achiever. Liese has been a loyal Guardian team member for more than five years. She has a reputation for her hard work and tenacity as she strives to offer excellent customer service, while consistently providing quality products from the Medical Monitoring Warehouse.

Liese has been instrumental in the research, development and launching of many of the successful technologies that Medical Monitoring offers. She regularly takes on the task of evaluating all new products. She continues to build strong relationships with several of our core vendors/manufacturers, including Linear and, most recently, Tabsafe. These relationships have been crucial to our ability to understand product features, troubleshooting and training.

Liese’s leadership and strong commitment to Guardian are perfect examples of the great qualities that make the Medical Monitoring division shine day after day. Liese continues to spearhead training opportunities that benefit not only Medical Monitoring SIA, but Central Station, in-house techs and Guardian as a whole. Her most recent accomplishment has included successfully training several sales reps, technicians, home care companies, etc. on the new medication dispenser. Not only has she spent countless hours teaching and troubleshooting the system, but it has all been done remotely! This is in addition to the awesome responsibility of overseeing the shipping and receiving of thousands of medical monitoring materials and dealing with the needs of nearly 70 technicians each month.

Medical Monitoring gladly recognizes Liese Pletcher as a true Maximum Achiever.

Increasing Medication Compliance with an Automated Pill Dispenser

Some people forget to take their pills at the proper time. It is for this reason that an automatic pill dispenser is important. Probably, one reason why most people forget to take pills is due to their busy schedules. However, with a pill dispenser, you’ll never miss a moment no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Using a pill dispenser can help you regulate your habit of taking proper prescription drugs.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Why Your Retirement Age Matters

By: Colleen Kane
CNBC Writer
Protesters in France recently clamored over the retirement age being raised from 60 to 62, but in the States, retiring at older ages is becoming the norm among an expanding pool of senior citizens.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hospitals designing senior ERs to cater to needs of the elderly

Melissa Burden The Detroit News / The Detroit News
When 85-year-old Aloysius "Al" Boroniec fell twice in a matter of weeks, he found treatment for his injuries in a different kind of emergency room — one that caters specifically to the needs of seniors.
From The Detroit News:

Guardian Medical Monitoring Attending Aging & Wellness Expo

Guardian Medical Monitoring will be attending the Aging & Wellness Expo on November 15th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Franklin Park Conservatory. The event is sponsored by COAAA-PSA-6 and you can find out more info on their website:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Virginia State Trooper Named Officer of Year for Saving Senior

America's Police Officer Of the Year
by: Larry Smith

Emily Bowman, a frail 72-year-old diabetic, was sleeping in her recliner at 4:30 a.m. onJan. 9 when a fire alarm sounded at Briarleigh Court, a 40-unit apartment complex for the elderly in Hillsville, Va. Instead of going out an exterior door that would have meant safety, the startled senior citizen opened an interior door and stepped into a burning, smoke-filled hallway.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Melissa House, August Employee of the Month

Medical Monitoring would like to nominate Melissa House as our monthly Maximum Achiever. Melissa has been with Guardian for nearly ten years and from the beginning, she has been a STAR. Not only is she a past winner, she has had numerous nominations over the years for her consistently positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Melissa has the great ability to recognize opportunities to make the Medical Monitoring Division more organized and efficient. She knows the Department inside and out and communicates well with all of our teams, from the Sales Reps and SIA to the Warehouse and Field Technicians. Melissa is our go to person to help management recognize needed operational and departmental changes in an ever changing environment. Not only do we rely on Melissa to give that added assistance when another team member is away, but she regularly takes on a leadership role when her supervisor or manager is away. In fact, Melissa is the one to count on when extra help is needed during heavy work times.

This month is another perfect example of her important role in Med Mon. As Guardian and Holy Cross began to transition our long standing relationship to one that involves more SIA involvement, Melissa stepped up to define the details of everyone's role and how customers and team members will be affected. Melissa believes, and has proven, that she can be instrumental in making any Holy Cross changes appear seamless to the outside observer.

Melissa is professional with our customers and case managers and she is very knowledgeable of our day to day operations. She continues to be a leader, and is a joy to work with as our Department continues to grow. We are very proud and honored to have Melissa on our team and are happy to nominate her once again for the August 2010 Maximum Achiever!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Brock the Service Dog teams up with Guardian Medical Monitoring

Brock the rescue dog has been trained to press a Guardian help button when his owner Bonnie, who has mobility issues, asks for “help.” Brock can also let EMS in the house and proves that dogs really are man’s best friends.

Here are a few photos:!/album.php?aid=247018&id=156868878935

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Caring for the elderly falls on Michigan's communities


Local communities may need to shoulder more of the responsibility of paying for senior services as Michigan baby boomers hit 65.

• PART ONE: How aging boomers will transform Michigan

The pressure will grow exponentially in the coming years, fueled not by the sheer numbers of aging baby boomers, but by the economy in which they wrapped up their working years, said Joan Jackson Johnson, head of community services for the City of Lansing.

"With the employment in the state and what's happened to retirement plans and the stock market, you've got seniors who thought they were set for life but now are wondering, 'Am I going to lose my house? Can I eat?' " she said.

In 63 of Michigan's 83 counties, dwindling federal and state dollars have been supplemented with countywide senior-dedicated millages.

The taxes bring in millions of dollars that help senior citizens stay in their homes and access health care and legal help.

The cost is about $50 for the owner of a $200,000 home.

The exception? A swath of counties in southeast Michigan -- Wayne, Oakland and Macomb among them -- that don't have such countywide fundng.

Read more: Caring for the elderly falls on Michigan's communities | | Detroit Free Press

Monday, October 4, 2010

Senior citizens learn Cane-Fu (video)

Dispatch Staff Writer

NEW HARTFORD – Oneida resident Eric Stalloch is helping to turn the walking cane into a tool for self-defense for seniors and people with physical disabilities.

To watch the video and to read the rest of the article:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Clinton Township, Utica Senior Outreach Days planned

The Macomb County Senior Citizen Services Department and County Commissioners Paul Gieleghem and Ken Lampar will host upcoming Senior Outreach Days in Clinton Township and Utica.

The following events are scheduled:
* From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Clinton Township Senior Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.
* From 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 8, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 44633 Utica Road, west of Van Dyke and south of Hall Road.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Great Customer Testimonial

Lee from Clarkston, MI: “I called Guardian this morning and your team was able to get a medical alarm installed for my mother Dorothy today! We chose Guardian because I was able to talk directly to someone and I’m glad we did because your installer Harvey has a terrific work ethic. Thanks to everyone who made this happen so quickly.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poisoning suspected in deaths of elderly couple

Residents are urged to inspect furnaces

Detroit police suspect an elderly couple may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but they are waiting for autopsy results, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Read more: Poisoning suspected in deaths of elderly couple Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Detroit Police to host elderly safety workshop

By CECIL ANGEL - Free Press Staff Writer

The Detroit Police Department is hosting a safety workshop today to inform the city’s elderly residents about how they can stay safe from those who would harm and rob them and others who would prey on them through scams.

Read more: Detroit Police to host elderly safety workshop Detroit Free Press

Monday, September 13, 2010

Senior Citizens Lead Nation in at Least One Important Health Statistic – Not Smoking

Seniors much less likely to smoke than younger people; smoking decline stalled; half of children exposed to secondhand smoke

Sept. 13, 2010 – Too often the health statistics have senior citizens leading all age groups with the worst statistics, but that is not so in the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seniors – U.S. citizens age 65 and older – are much less likely to be cigarette smokers than are younger people.
According to the report, the number of adult smokers dropped between 2000 and 2005, but smoking has remained at about 20-21 percent since 2005. Only about 9.5 percent of senior citizens, however, are still smokers.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Seniors to join in crime fighting

Fairfield County program links elderly to law enforcement
Friday, September 10, 2010 02:52 AM
By Mary Beth Lane
LANCASTER, Ohio — Senior citizens in Fairfield County are being asked to join law enforcement in a new program intended to prevent crimes against the elderly and help solve crimes quicker.
Local police and the sheriff, elder-protection workers and senior citizens announced the Triad program yesterday.
It is part of a nationwide effort to connect police departments and sheriff’s offices with the elderly in crime prevention and crime-solving.
Licking and Ross counties have Triad programs; Knox and Pickaway counties are discussing joining them.
The idea is to get law enforcement and the elderly together regularly to discuss topics such as home-repair scams, telemarketer fraud and other financial exploitation, burglaries and elder abuse.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Even senior citizens can benefit from weight training

When many people think of weightlifting or strength training they picture young, athletic men and women powering up barbells and dumbbells. But did you know that weightlifting, also known as strength training, can greatly benefit people into their 80s and even 90s?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Senior Citizens Expand Their Social Network Online

By Emily Brandon
Baby boomers and seniors are the fastest growing group of social networking website users. Older Americans are increasingly using the Internet to reconnect with people from their past and to seek information and support with medical issues, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Monday, August 30, 2010

More scam artists targeting the elderly

By Jillian Jorgensen
Scams designed to con people out of money can come in person, on the phone, in the mail or online, but they often have a common target — the elderly.
"I think in a lot of cases the elderly are targeted," Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said, "whether it's someone knocking on their door trying to do work around their yard or whether it's through the mail."
Follow the link for the rest of the article:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Most senior citizens learn to adapt to the loss of a partner

By Abigail Jones and Scott SellTuesday, August 10, 2010

For months after her husband of 52 years died last spring, Laurel Frisch struggled to read a book. She couldn't make decisions; she only occasionally left her Rockville home. In those rare moments when she could summon the energy, she wandered aimlessly through stores.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Debbie Fishpaw: June Employee of the Month

Medical Monitoring SIA would like to nominate Debbie Fishpaw as our June Maximum Achiever. Debbie began her career at Guardian in 2007, starting out in the Customer Service department. We were fortunate enough to have her transfer to Med Mon, where Debbie quickly learned the processes and has become an important asset to our team. She is also very helpful when it comes to welcoming and training new team members.

Debbie wears many hats in SIA, and she wears them all very well. She has made it her goal to learn everything from loading new prospects and linking new systems to billing and collections. She regularly volunteers to help team members to even out workloads.
She has been instrumental in building relationships with some of our hospital accounts while helping to strengthen our relationships with area agencies in Florida and Tennessee. Debbie is a top notch and loyal team member who deserves to be recognized for her dedication and hard work and for these reasons, we are proud to nominate her for the June Maximum Achiever.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Preparedness For Seniors

With the summer heat and dry weather, the danger of fire increases. According to the United States Fire Administration, seniors run a risk that is 2.5 times higher of dying in a fire than younger age groups and suffer a higher number of fire-related injuries. Some of the reasons include:
-Impaired sensory awareness – sight, sound and smell
-Diminished cognitive abilities due to depression or dementia
-Multiple medications which may impact the ability to make quick decisions
-Poverty may make it difficult to keep up with electrical repairs

Top 10 Things Seniors Can Do
-Install smoke detectors on each floor in your home, check and replace the batteries twice a year -Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and learn how to use it
-Replace frayed or damaged wiring electrical and never overload electrical outlets
-Always have a telephone near you
-Keep exits and hallways free of clutter
-Never smoke in bed or when feeling drowsy
-Never leave the stove or burning candles unattended
-Develop an escape plan around any limitations you may have
-Be sure your home address is visible and clearly marked
-If you suspect fire, call 9-1-1 --- Get out and stay out!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Seniors: Ten More Ways to Save Money

The response to the SCJ post last week about senior citizens saving money was overwhelming! So we decided to try to find ten more that are unusual, and not especially well known. Here they are:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guardian Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Founded in 1930, Guardian Medical Monitoring prides itself on a commitment to excellence in providing safety and security to seniors, their families and caregivers from coast to coast.

“I never cared for anything except the alarms,” says founder Milton Pierce, who recently turned 95 and first developed Guardian’s Medical Alarms to assist with older family friends who had difficulty staying home alone. “The medical monitoring business is really an interesting thing and it really fills a need for people.”

Guardian's fully trained installers, technicians and Care Representatives all strive to uphold the exceptional standards of America's largest independently owned security and life safety company each day.

David Crawford, Guardian’s General Manager, states that “thanks to Guardian’s long, trusted tradition our customer service is unrivaled in our industry. Few monitoring companies can match our Central Monitoring Station, hardware and systems.” In fact, Guardian's Central Monitoring Station meets the rigid standards and certifications set by Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual, and its fully redundant monitoring capabilities have earned Guardian the highest rating by the Central Station Alarm Association.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Senior Caregiver Tips from

Here's a great collection of articles on caregiving for senior citizens.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Doctors Say Social Networking Helps Seniors

In the past two years, the number of seniors that have begun exploring the Internet has grown tremendously, and the number using social networking sites has tripled.Now, doctors say that can be very good for their long-term mental and emotional health.,0,5956152.story

Monday, July 12, 2010

Strange But True Senior Citizen Videos

Crazy, strange and funny videos featuring senior citizens

Monday, June 28, 2010

79 year old Ontario man shoots intruder during break-in

A home invader was reportedly shot in self defense by his would-be elderly victim.
Police say that an intruder attempted to break in through a window of a Colton, Ontario home. The 79 year old homeowner is said to have noticed the home invasion attempt, grabbed his handgun, and fired in self defense, striking the intruder in the shoulder and ending the attack. A dead suspect, reportedly identified as 37 year old Fidel Escanuelas was found at the scene, and two suspected accomplices were taken into custody. No injures to the elderly resident were reported.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Barefoot Seniors More Likely To Fall

Senior citizens worried about falls should probably wear shoes around the house, the authors of a new study said.
Researchers found that 52 percent reported a fall when they were either barefoot, wearing just socks or wearing slippers.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Survey: Seniors Citizens Safer Drivers Than Teens

Hansen Sinclair - AHN News Reporter
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) - According to a survey released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, senior citizens are not causing more traffic accidents than younger drivers on the road.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Local invention can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

BOCA RATON- Five people hospitalized and one man dead falling victim to a silent killer inside a Boca Raton home: carbon monoxide.
The tragic incident happened when the elderly couple living at the home left their car running inside the garage. But this isn't the first time this has happened.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Tips to keep senior citizens cancer-free

Family members can help reduce an aging relative’s risk of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes, according to experts at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Financial Assistance for Senior Citizens

If you are a senior citizen who is struggling financially, you may be surprised to learn that you can sell your life insurance policy or get a loan on your house that you will never have to repay. Reduce your expenses by contacting your utility suppliers and asking for a discount, applying for food stamps and asking your Medicaid office if you qualify to have your Medicare Part B premium paid for you.
Read more:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 Guardian Blood Drive

Annual outdoor event where management cooks breakfast and lunch for the Guardian employees, who donate blood to the Red Cross. The turn out and food were great again this year and although we didn't get any rain it was very windy and our tents almost blew away!

Dating tips for senior citizens

Helium has several interesting articles on Seniors and dating. Click on the link below to explore.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Senior Citizens Safety Tips from the City of Detroit

As a senior citizen, chances of a becoming a victim of crime increases dramatically. You may have a lifetime of experiences, but being aware of your surroundings, staying alert of situations that may make you vulnerable,following your intuition, and watching out for con-games can make all the difference in staying safe.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Medication Compliance and Falls Linked

Older adults increase their chances of falling by not taking their medications as directed, according to an article in the latest edition of the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences (Volume 65A, Number 5). This new information comes from a recent study of Boston-area residents over age 70, which found that those who sometimes neglected their medications experienced a 50 percent increased rate of falls compared with those who did not. "Falls can now be added to the growing list of poor health outcomes associated with non-adherence to medication."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is your elderly relative being swindled? What to watch for

Amid stories about senior citizens being swindled -- including one today involving a 91-year-old widow, and one three months ago involving an 84-year-old widow who was convinced to marry the swindler in a ceremony in the front seat of his car -- a financial protection outfit today released 15 "red flags" that family members should be poised to spot.

For the list follow the link:

Senior Citizen Exercises

“Age does not depend on years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.” - Tryon Edwards. This statement holds true as aging is a state of mind – you are as old as you think you are!. A healthy lifestyle during your younger years will help you reap the health benefits even in golden years of life. Due to longevity and advancement in medical healthcare, many elderly people live their golden years fruitfully. These seniors also want to stay fit and live a healthy life in their twilight years. As age catches up, you require changes in your lifestyle, diet and your exercise regimen. With growing age the efficiency of various organs and body systems decline and weaken. When young, the body can cope up with stress both physical and mental, but as you grow old the realization of healthy lifestyle, exercises and regulated diet sets in. When aged, you find it difficult to perform the simplest of tasks. Practically every senior citizen is aware that exercise is extremely important to maintain a healthy body and mind. Senior citizens can start with simple exercises and do not have to necessarily do anything strenuous. Exercise and diet should complement each other for a long lasting happy life. Read on to know some senior citizen exercises.

For the rest of the article go to:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Eight Funniest Senior Citizens

In honor of Betty White’s SNL appearance, we bring you the best comedians over eighty.
By Josh Kurp and Chris Mathias

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Respect the Elderly: Our 10 Favorite Seniors in Movies

Moviefone posted a great list of the best depictions of seniors in the movies! If you haven't seen all of these, you need to.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Michigan Blue Pages

You can now find Guardian Medical Monitoring on Buy Michigan Now’s Michigan Blue Pages:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Exercise Tips for Seniors : Senior Citizen Exercise Tips

One of the best things a senior citizen can do is to keep strength in their legs. Learn exercise tips for senior citizens from a professional personal trainer in this free video on senior health.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Telephone scam targeting senior citizens

There's a new telephone scam targeting senior citizens and the Ontario County Sheriff's Office is warning residents not to give out their personal information.
If you get a phone call about a relative arrested for DWI in a foreign country and he or she needs money to cover legal expenses, do not give away any of your bank account numbers. Instead, get as much detailed information as you can from the caller and then call police.
For more Rochester, N.Y. news go to our website

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Robbers who targeted senior citizens arrested

By Norb Franz, Macomb Daily Staff Writer

"Two men suspected of robbing senior citizens in Warren and Center Line in their driveways after following them home from stores are in custody.The duo was arrested Monday night after a 76-year-old Warren man was punched in the mouth and his wallet stolen outside his home on Wagner Street, after the culprits followed him from two stores, police said.Hoping to put an end to a rash of such incidents in recent weeks, undercover officers Monday night monitored the parking lot of the Kroger store on Hoover Road, south of 11 Mile, where the robbers picked most of their elderly victims, police said."

For the rest of the story follow the link -

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Annual Conference on Aging Issues

Guardian Medical Monitoring attended Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging’s 31st Annual Conference held September 17th , 2009 at The i-wireless Center in Moline. Guardian was featured in the event recap on the WIAAA's website:

Friday, April 2, 2010

Senior citizens: Target of ongoing scams

Written by Carrie Schmelkin, Reporter Thursday, 01 April 2010 06:10

Without even having to set foot outside their homes, senior citizens have become the most recent targets of two nation-wide ploys — the grandparent and census scams.

Con artists posing as grandchildren or United States census workers have been cold-calling, e-mailing and visiting homeowners, particularly senior citizens, asking for immediate financial help or personal information. While the New Canaan Police Department has received no reports yet from victims of the ongoing census scam, two older residents over the last two years have been prey to the “grandparent scam,” according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

“Maybe in some ways they are a more vulnerable population,” Ogrinc told the Advertiser of why scammers target the seniors. “They may tend to be more giving, and that population might want to spend more time talking on the phone with somebody because they have the time versus somebody that’s younger and more on-the-go in the workforce.”

Last year, eight scams were reported to local police, ranging from residents becoming victims of Internet ploys to chimney ruses to lottery tricks. This year, two have been reported so far.
“It’s probably normal,” Ogrinc said of the number of reports from last year, “but I’d like to see that number cut in half or even smaller.”

Appealing to affections

Two years ago, a New Canaan grandparent received a call from her supposed grandson explaining that he had landed in jail and wanted her to send him money to post bail, Ogrinc said. The caller knew the grandson’s name, and the resident sent along the money. After sending it out, the resident became suspicious of the call and notified the police. The person was never caught, according to Ogrinc.

The “grandparent scam,” which has been affecting seniors from Connecticut to Canada, involves scammers calling a grandparent and claiming to be his or her grandchild and requesting financial help for a problem they are in, according to the Connecticut Better Business Bureau, which is investigating the ongoing scam.

Scammers often begin a cold-call by stating, “Hi Grandma, guess who’s calling?,” which allows the resident to fill in the name of the child, according to a March press release from the bureau.
It said scammers will often plead with the grandparent not to tell their parents about the accident or arrest for which they are requesting money.

“I remember thinking that’s just another scam against a vulnerable segment of our population which is the elderly,” Ogrinc said of first hearing about the trick.

Leaders of Staying Put in New Canaan, which helps equip local seniors with the tools to age in their own homes, sent out a letter to its members warning about the dangers of the “grandparent scam” after the first incident hit the Next Station to Heaven, according to Executive Director Jane Nyce.

With grandchildren one of the top 10 concerns of senior citizens, according to the 2006 town-wide survey, this group can fall victim to this type of ruse, Nyce said.

“Senior citizens are always going to be concerned about loved ones,” she said.

“The emotion pulls you potentially more than reason,” Nyce said of the scam.

To avoid falling for the ruse, Ogrinc said residents should ask their “grandchild” personal questions, such as the family dog’s name or his or her mother’s first name. Seniors should also ask for a number to call the person back and then verify the problem with the parents.

“It’s great if you want to help out your grandchild but that’s just it, you want to be helping them out and not giving money to someone who is scamming and stealing from you,” Ogrinc said.

Claiming to be officials

While town organizations are still spreading the word about the dangers of the “grandparent scam,” others are currently focusing on the latest trick — callers or groups of people posing as census workers to obtain personal information.

Through illegitimate e-mails and mailings or personal visits, scammers are targeting individuals, eliciting personal information and using it to access their bank accounts, according to police.

Groups like Lapham Community Center and Family Centers, a nonprofit organization providing services throughout Fairfield County, are creating articles and programs to speak directly to this problem.

With the 2010 census process underway, 134 million households have been mailed census information since March, according to Lapham’s latest newsletter.

The census form asks 10 questions about age, date of birth, race and whether residents rent or own homes. It does not ask for Social Security numbers or for information about bank accounts, credit cards, taxes or income, as stated in the letter, so residents should be leery of any documents requesting that information, according to the center.

In addition to its newsletter, Lapham officials are working with seniors, in particular, to reiterate the dangers of this scam and how it can cause people to be out thousands of dollars if critical information is released, according to Lyn Bond, center director.

“Seniors tend to be a little more trusting if someone speaks nicely to them and acts as if they are trying to help they tend to be helpful back,” Bond said.

“It’s a generation that was taught to be polite, and they grew up and raised their kids in an era where people weren’t scamming and didn’t lie as much and people were more trustworthy,” she added. “Some of that has changed for the worse.”

Like Lapham, Family Centers is working to inform residents about the ongoing census scam. Through its Friendly Connections program, which offers teleconference classes weekly, New Canaanites may sign up for “Perspectives on Aging” and discuss their own thoughts on the ruse and experiences with it.

A representative from the Census Bureau has already spoken at one of the sessions and may return to teach participants about what they can do to stay safe, according to Bill Brucker, Family Centers communications director.

“These people may seem like they are legitimate and directly from the Census Bureau, but as soon as they ask about Social Security numbers and bank numbers, it should raise a red flag,” Brucker said.

“If they ask those questions there is nothing wrong with absolutely refusing them,” he said.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tips on Preventing Seniors From Falling

Fall hazards exist in the home and account for the majority of home injuries. When seniors experience a fall in the home, the consequences can be dire. Falls, then, are more common when combined with declining physical mobility and decreasing eyesight, putting seniors at a higher risk for injury. Severe falls can often cause lasting injuries or disability, especially for senior citizens.
For these reasons, assessing a home's fall hazards is a vital step in ensuring the safety of senior citizens. Preventing falls will increase quality of life and allow seniors to enjoy their independence within their own homes for much longer.
The room with the greatest potential for falls is undeniably the bathroom. Water and tile floors will always prove to be a dangerous mix when it comes to slipping hazards. Whether a person is in or out of the shower, the chance for slips is highest in a wet bathroom. Let us examine some strait forward modifications that can be made in this room to mitigate slips, trips, and falls.

Inside The Shower
Showering and bathing can actually be risky behavior. With the frequency that people use their showers and the wet and slippery conditions, this daily activity can be a difficult process for seniors or those with mobility complications. Shower chairs and bath benches are the most effective solutions for making the shower a safer place.
Shower chairs came in many shapes and sizes from round shower stools to vinyl padded chairs or handicap seats with or without backs. Shower chairs come with suction feet that adhere the seat to the bathtub to prevent falls. Handicap versions can also allow wheelchair bound seniors easier access to their bathtubs without having to remodel the bathroom.
Bath benches are used to facilitate getting into the tub itself. A bath bench allows seniors to slide into the bath tub safely. These benches are halfway inside and outside of the shower. The two feet inside the tub are fixed with suction cups while the outside of the bench comes beyond the shower. Seniors can sit on the bench from the outside and move safely into the tub.

Outside Of The Tub
After a shower chair or bath bench, there are more safety items that can be installed in and around the bathroom. Non slip mats, adhesive safety strips, and non-slip decals can be liberally used all around the bathroom to prevent falls.
Grab bars also offer an easy installation near baths, sinks, and the toilet to improve mobility and stability. They also will support a person in the event of a fall. Many people try to instead catch themselves on towel racks when they lose their balance, but those will pull right out of a wall.
It is important to keep the bathroom safe to maintain freedom for seniors to live within their own homes. Simple changes like higher wattage light bulbs and night lights will go a long way to making the bathroom safer. Coupled with shower chairs and bath benches, seniors will enjoy their independence for many more years to come.

Author: Jeremy P Stanfords

MEDI-CALL ad parody

A cartoon parody of the classic Life-Alert TV commercials with the "I've fallen and can't get up" lady.

Caldwell Medical Center and Guardian Medical Monitoring Team Up To Help Seniors

The Times Leader in Kentucky has an article on how Caldwell Medical Center is enhancing their services for seniors by offering the products and services of Guardian Medical Monitoring. For more info follow the link:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Myrtle Beach senior citizens reflect on historic day for healthcare

Here's some reaction on the new healthcare bill signed into law:

Senior Citizens Are Starting Medical Marijuana Businesses to Replace Lost Retirement Funds.

Granny is now growing and selling Ganja to keep from going under. Retirees and Baby Boomers are increasingly turning to the medical marijuana industry and starting businesses, Hempgard University is teaching them. For more:

Senior Lifestyles special airs tonight

Channel 7 WXYZ in Detroit is airing a special program tonight at 8pm. Follow the link to their website to find out more about "Senior Lifestyles:"

Friday, March 19, 2010

AMA Issues Older Driver Safety Guide to Help Slow Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Seniors

"March 17, 2010 - To help protect the lives of senior citizens and make our roads safer, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths in adults over 65. Per mile driven, the fatality rate for drivers 85 years and older is nine times higher than for drivers 25 to 69 years old."

For the rest of the story by, click on the link below.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Senior citizens find easier path back to work

Interesting news story about a national company that helps seniors re-enter the workforce.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Senior citizens, beware of phone scam

Published: Sat, March 13, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m.
Staff report
Township police are warning residents about a scam targeting the elderly.
A 73-year-old woman told police that she received a call from a man Thursday morning who claimed to be from the Society Security Administration. He said the agency was reissuing Social Security cards and needed information to verify her identity.
The caller recited the woman’s address, asking her to verify it and then asked for her date of birth.
She provided that, but when the man asked the woman to provide checking account information, she refused.
She hung up when the he became more aggressive.
“The Social Security Administration doesn’t call people like that,” said Detective Glenn Patton. “If you get a similar call, hang up right away.”
If a person has already received a similar call and provided the information requested, Patton urged them to file a police report and to contact their bank immediately.
Similar incidents were reported in Pittsburgh last year.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Attorney general Koster says 'Say no to scams'

"No. It's a simple word with just two letters and one syllable. But it is a word Missouri's attorney general wants older adults to remember and to use." Follow the link for Annabeth Miller's complete story on how senior's first reaction to anyone approaching them for money or information should be "no."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Keep seniors safe from scams

The elderly are among the first targets of scam artists. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is using National Consumer Protection Week this week to offer guides on how to avoid becoming a victim.

For more of the article by Sandra Guy, click on the link below:,CST-NWS-MSenior10.article

Tips for Senior Citizens, Older Adults to Spring into Shape

Some good ideas to help seniors get active. Compiled by the VA Maryland Health Care System:

Elder Independence

Interesting article and blog by Ilaina Edison,"Fixing Depression in the Elderly: Reforming the Health Care System One Barrier at a Time." Follow the link to the Huffington Post for more:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Guardian Medical Monitoring will be at the Illinois Home Care Council conference on 3/9/10. Check out our latest medication dispenser and other technology!

Kalamazoo caregiver and health agencies, services and facilities network with Focus on Aging

Guardian Medical Monitoring is proud to participate in the Focus on Aging are Disability Network. The Kalamazoo County area has many independent options for aging seniors from in home care agencies to assisted living.
Among the existing home care agencies and living facilities who have attended and participated with Focus on Aging are A place for mom, Arcadia Healthcare, AdvisaCare, Comfort Keepers, Bickford Assisted Living, Brookdale Senior Living, Extendicare, Gentiva home health, Heartland Nursing facilities, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, Home Instead, In House Hospice, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, National Church Residences at Spring Valley Crossing, Oakland Center, Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance, Sue’s Loving Care, The Laurels of Galesburg, Park Place Assisted Living, United Nursing Service and UNS Home Health Agency, and Woodside at Friendship Village.
Other services participating in Focus on Aging are Disability Network, Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices, Health and Human Services, Guardian Medical Monitoring, Lending Hands of Michigan, Inc., Bronson Hospital and Bronson Lakeview Family Care, Life ems Ambulance, Marquis Mobility, Senior Services, Inc., and Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center.

Job/Career Fair & Showcase of Services Available to People with Disabilities

Guardian Medical Monitoring will be attending the following job fair:

3/18/2009 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services is proud to invite one and all to a Job/Career Fair and a Showcase of Services available to People with Disabilities in Central Illinois!
Over 70 employers, educational institutions, and support agencies.
Come "Dressed for Success" and bring several copies of your up-to-date resume.
Richard Orr Building, Gate 9, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Parking is available on the West and North sides of the building.
Shuttle Service
A Shuttle bus will be available to transport any and all attendees from the SMTD bus Stop at 8th and Sangamon Avenue to the Orr building and will return to the stop approximately 10 minutes prior to the arrival of each SMTD bus between 12:45pm - 5:15pm. Persons utilizing public transportation should board the "North 5th Street" bus at the Downtown Transfer Center at 5th and Capitol and get off at 8th and Sangamon.
For questions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call Herb Earl with DHS at (217) 782-4830 (Voice) or (888) 440-8990 (TTY).
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
Social Security Administration
Work Incentives Program
University of Illinois - Springfield
Office of Disability Services
SIU School of Medicine - HR Dept
SCI - Benedictine University
Lincoln Land Community College
Special Needs Program
Truck Driving School
Human Resources Department
Robert Morris College
Midwest Technical Institute
Department of Human ServicesDivision of Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Home Services Program
Bureau of Blind Services
Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Bureau of Recruitment and Selection
Bureau of Job Accomodation
Client Assistance Program - CAP
Sangamon County Public Aid Office
Family Community Resource Center
Department of Employment Security
Illinois workNet
Sangamon County - Dept of Community Resources
IL Dept of Healthcare and Family Services
Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
IL Dept of Central Management Services
Disabled Workers Program
Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs
State Approving Agency
Illinois Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Illinois State Police
Illinois Department of Agriculture
EEO/ADA Office
Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
EEO/ADA Office
Illinois Secretary of State
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities
Illinois Department of Military Affairs
Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland
ADDUS Healthcare
Avon Products
Tupperware Products
Lewis Memorial Christian Village
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
A.T. & T. Mobility
Unique Personnel
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries
Epilepsy Resource Center of Central Illinois
Job Placement Program
Springfield Center for Independent Living
Complete Care Systems/Jazzy Cleaning Service
The Hope Institute
Springfield Community Federation
Peterson Health Care/Courtyard Estates of Sullivan
Community Care Systems, Inc.
Senior Services of Central Illinois
SPARC Supported Employment Program
County Market
Decatur Police Department
Police Officer Recruitment
Emergency Communications Operations
Rose International
Community Living Options, Inc
Americorps Disability Outreach Program
Project Return
Financial Security Planning, Inc
Statewide Indpendent Living Council
Chrysalis Independence Foundation
Capitol Community Healthcare
The Family Service Center
Advanced Healthcare Services
Memorial Health System
Sangamon County Sheriff's Department
Illinois Army National Guard
SPARC - HR Department
ADECCO Employment Services
Scentsy Products
Capitol Radio Group
Primerica Financial Services
Qik n' EZ
St. John's Hospital
United American Insurance Company
Lowes Home Improvement Centers
Kelly Services
Guardian Medical Monitoring
Arbonne International
United Cerebral Palsy of Lincolnland
Manpower Employment Services
Springfield Police Department
Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance
Salsa with Julio
City of Springfield
Community Relations Office
Champaign Police Department

Friday, March 5, 2010

Seniors get fashion statement about safety

Nice little article about an event to help Seniors tell with utility workers and others who may ask for entrance into their homes. Some good tips so please follow the link below:,3_1_EL05_03FASHION_S1-100305.article

Guardian Medical Monitoring Attends Health Fair

Learn from experts at annual health fair
By Ellen Sussman, Special to the Green Valley News
Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 5:45 PM MST

Now in its 17th year, the Green Valley Community Health Fair continues to attract a wide range of medical service representatives and health screeners to familiarize local residents with their services.March 10 from 8 a.m. to noon is an opportune time to speak with about 40 community health care representatives while also taking advantage of free screenings at the West Social Center, 1070 S. Calle De Las Casitas.Arleen Boyuls, chair of the Green Valley Health Fair Task Force, said the event began with an idea in 1993, and involved collaboration of community service agencies, health care providers and local businesses.“Through discussion and initiative, the health fair grew to fruition in 1994. Friends In Deed and care coordinators organized the first event, then called a Resource Fair,” she said, adding that from the beginning Green Valley Recreation has provided space and staff support each year.Vendors this year include Arthritis Foundation, Casa de Esperanza, Desert Eye Associates, Friends In Deed, Green Valley Assistance Services, Green Valley Community Food Bank, Guardian Medical Monitoring, La Posada, Pima Council on Aging, Radiology Limited, Tucson Heart Hospital and United Community Health Center.Various health screeners will provide free testing. Sonora Lung Care will offer pulmonary function and oxygen saturation tests, United Community Health Center will provide screening for diabetes and University Physicians Healthcare will screen for glaucoma and offer bone density evaluations.
Screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure checks and five-minute massage therapy will also be offered. Carondelet Health Network will provide cholesterol and HDL screenings for $5.Health directoryThe Green Valley News publishes the Green Valley Health Services Directory for the greater Green Valley and Sahuarita areas. The directory is scheduled to be delivered to subscribers in the March 7 edition.The 2010 Health Directory will also be available at the Health Fair and then at the Chamber of Commerce office.Contact Green Valley freelance reporter Ellen Sussman at

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