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."

FOR THE REST:http://www.aolnews.com/politics/article/-are-older-voters-blocking-social-policy-hanges/19724025?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7C1%7Clink2%7C26661

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: http://detnews.com/article/20101109/AUTO01/11090389/National-forum-focuses-on-elderly-driver-safety#ixzz14zFZUrRJ

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™.

FOR MORE INFO: http://alz.org/news_and_events_nadam.asp

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.