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.