Monday, January 31, 2011

Crime Against The Elderly On The Rise

Clarence (Sonny) Jones was known around southwest Detroit for helping others -- from youths without a dad to other senior citizens like himself.

A week ago today, the 86-year-old was getting the mail and checking on the home of an elderly friend who was hospitalized when he was apparently ambushed. He was killed for his wallet and the friend's van he was driving. His body was found Aug. 18.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Elderly couple survives carbon monoxide poisoning

By Jena Johnson
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas

Video news story:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas woman is credited with saving her parent's lives after carbon monoxide seeped into their home for nearly a day.

The gas started filling the home on Gardner Drive in Palestine, after the couple returned home from a burger run and left the car running in the garage.

Doctors say Betty Fritz and her husband Bill are making a miraculous recovery.

For nearly 24 hours, carbon monoxide seeped into the couple's home.

"I was bewildered. I didn't know what happened, like a nightmare or a bad dream or something, but the Lord isn't finished with me yet. I have a lot of grandchildren and great children," said Betty.

On Wednesday, the couple's daughter, Carol Hutson, had plans to visit them; when no one came to the door, she let herself in, "He was sitting on the floor beside his bed. I said dad are you okay? And he just mumbled."

Hutson says she found her mother in the same condition.

"When I walked in, there was a very strong odor, and I couldn't place what it was," Hutson recalled.

Firefighters say the home was filled with 96% carbon monoxide. The couple was rushed to the hospital.

The couple's daughter says she won't leave their side until they make a full recovery. Betty says that's perfectly alright.

"We just went to bed like usual and we would have never woken up if she wouldn't have come over," expressed Betty.

Doctors say the couple could go home as soon as Saturday.

Copyright 2011 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seniors Account For 42% of Americans with Diabetes

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Lead the Way as Diabetes Spreads to 26 Million in New U.S. Estimate

Estimates in U.S. have risen since CDC estimated in 2008 that 23.6 million (7.8) had diabetes and 57 million adults had prediabetes

Jan. 27, 2011 - Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes but about 42 percent of them are senior citizens aged 65 or older, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among all seniors living in the U.S., 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent had diabetes in 2010.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jack LaLanne Tribute

In honor of the legendary Jack LaLanne here's a collection of some videos featuring Jack. You can also visit his website for more info:

A scene from a documentary, with a now bittersweet title, featuring Jack:

A nice career retrospective to commemorate his 95th birthday:

Jack extolls the virtues of brain fitness:

Here's his obituary from the Washington Post:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Funny Elderly Song Parody Video

Something fun to start the week off! It's a great song parody set to the tune of "Side By Side."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Elderly Sterling Heights man scammed out of nearly $8,000

By Norb Franz
Macomb Daily Staff Writer

A Sterling Heights senior citizen was scammed out of nearly $8,000 after receiving a phone call from a man posing as his grandson and claiming he needed money for bail, police said Thursday.

The victim, who resides on Ortman Drive in the area of Mound Road and M-59, told police that the caller on Wednesday morning stated to him that he was jailed in New York and needed $4,000 to be released.

The elderly man – Sterling Heights police refused to divulge his exact age – reported that the caller “sounded a bit like his grandson, however the caller was upset and coughing,” police said.

The senior citizen wired $4,000 via Western Union to Spain, as he was directed by the caller to do, police said. Approximately one hour later, the elderly man received a phone call from a person who claimed to be his “grandson’s” lawyer and requested more money to cover the additional costs.

Duped again, the victim sent almost $4,000 via Western Union, again to Spain, police said.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

How do your elders view new technology that monitors their home life?

by Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief

During my busiest elder care years, I convinced several of my elders to wear personal medial alarms. With personal medical alarms, the person wearing the alarm is in control. If there’s a fall or other emergency, the person pushes a button on the bracelet or necklace style alarm, and help is summoned. Once they agreed to wear the devices, my elders did feel more peace of mind.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Great Medical Alarm Testimonial From 93 Year Old

“This monitoring makes me feel safe at nearly 93 years old.” Leta W. Michigan

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christopher Sollars - December CS Rep of the Month

We are pleased to announce Chris Sollars as our December Rep of the month. Chris has done a fantastic job in Customer Service Outbound. He has completed basic training in alarms and medical monitoring and has continued to excel within the department. He comes to work every day with a great smile and a positive attitude no matter what the situation.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Customer Testimonial: CO Detector Saves Lives

“Thank you for saving my life. Saturday night at 9:30 I was watching TV and feeling drowsy with a headache. The alarm went off, and you called to say the carbon monoxide levels were high. You then called the fire department and they came to get me. The next day we found out the chimney was plugged. Thank you for being there.”
Gloria, MI (11-7-10)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby boomers: Officially, you’re now senior citizens

By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / January 2, 2011

Baby boomers – those born 1946-1964 – represent the largest population growth in US history. What will they do in retirement, and what impact will that have on society and the economy?