A Boomer and A Senior Consider Whether Senior Medical Alert Systems with Pendants For Elderly Parents Safety are Great Resources for the Sandwich Generation

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My senior mom just made this Sandwich Generation granny nanny VERY happy as she got her brand new Philips Lifeline medical alert system with a necklace pendant that has a push button and the auto alert to notify them if she falls and is unconscious. Care to listen into a conversation we had about this?

"I love your new emergency medical alert necklace, mom," I said.


"The emergency pendant hides well under your shirt so no one even has to know you have it on."

She frowned.

"It really gives me great peace of mind, mom, to know you have some extra protection when I'm over babysitting the grandchildren, running on errands, or out of town."


"I sure do appreciate you giving me the gift of saying "yes" to getting this medical alert systems. And isn't it great that we got the Philips Lifeline system with autoalert in case you lose consciousness from a stroke or fall," I wheedled.

Deeper sigh. "Honey, I'm wearing this pendant for you, but I don't HAVE to be extremely happy about it!" 

As you have probably guessed, my senior mom is not totally enthralled with her new elderly medical alert system from Philips Lifeline, that I've been encouraging her to try for several years to give her an extra cushion of safety. It's not because she doesn't like it, per se. It's because she feels she is giving up a piece of her independence – like when she quit driving a car. That is hard, isn't it!

But as I explained to her, it actually gives her more independence. Wearing one of these medical alert pendants by a reputable company like the Lifeline we got or the Lifestation devices, means I can leave her alone more confidently than before, knowing my senior mom has this terrific resource to help her whether she is in the house or outside working on her gardening projects. We tested its range on our really large yard and it works fine all the way to the mailbox in front as well as to the far back yard lot line. It probably goes further than that. I just didn't have the time to check further.

She leaves it on 24/7, even in the shower. And most of the time, she doesn't even notice it. But I do! And since Philips Lifeline is one of the few (if not the only) medical alert systems with auto fall detection, I have the confidence to know that if she falls and isn't able to push the medical alert button, in 95% of all cases, she will still get help sent to her. Talk about great resources for the Sandwich Generation!

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    • Anne
    • October 29, 2011

    I think they should be given to each and every senior without any cost. We tend to kick our seniors to the curb. I work for an Ent dr. in his late forties. He always says “Be careful how you treat a senior, we will all be there one day.”
    God bless you and your mom.
    Please pray for our son Nick and his team mates as they run in the state cross country championship today in Colorado at 1 P.M. MST. I hope the Lord provides wings under their feet, a strong run and strength and grace to accept their undertaking! Hugs Anne

  1. I think that they’re really necessary–and your mom sounds like a doll!!!
    Happy Pink Saturday!!!

  2. VERY wise advice from your doctor Anne. And praying for your son Nick – let us know how they do 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. She very definitely is a blessing to me and so many others, Cindy. 🙂 Loved your banners 🙂

    • Cindy Adkins
    • October 29, 2011

    Senior Medical Alert Systems with Pendants SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation http://t.co/Z8NaU4Al

    • Travel Guide
    • November 6, 2011

    Straight to the point and well written! Why can’t everyone else be like this?

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