I was reading a blog recently about an elderly relative being so healthy for so long and then unexpectedly having a stroke. I left a comment there about a dear friend who had the same thing happen. She ended up laying in her bathroom for 4 days before someone found her. I was reminded again of the importance for those of us in the Sandwich Generation who are caring for elderly parents to be sure they and other beloved seniors have some kind of backup protection when they are home alone.
As I’ve shared before, and as I mentioned in that comment, this is an area that is especially close to my heart. That dear elderly friend who had the stroke died six months later!
Up til then, she had been one of the healthiest people I knew – of any age! I can’t help but think that if she had been using one of the Jitterbug simple cell phones for elderly parents like my senior mom or a senior medical alert device with an emergency pendant or wristwatch similar to another dear elderly friend, she might still be going strong today, clipping her roses and petting her cat!
Because of this, I have worked hard to ensure that the elderly seniors in my family have a simple cell phone for elderly or medical alert devices for elderly or both. They are no guarantee, of course. If the senior forgets to wear them all the time, they are no use to them. But it’s definitely worth while to make sure they have them.
These are thoughtful and useful gift ideas for elderly moms and dads. My favorite kind of gift – practical and pretty!
How about your senior parents? Is today a good day to help them be proactive in order to be prepared…just in case?