Summer Safety for Seniors

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Summer Safety

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Life Protect 24/7 gives its customers additional peace of mind to live independently in their own homes with its medical alert services. In the event of an accident or a medical emergency, help is close at hand through Life Protect 24/7 every day of the year.

While winter poses unique hazards for older individuals, the dangers of the hot and sunny weather of summer shouldn’t be discounted. Of course, summer can still be a relaxing period of time full of outdoor activities and relaxation. However, it’s a good idea to take a few extra precautions during this time.

For instance, drink plenty of water. As people age, they often lose some of their ability to stay hydrated and might have more trouble handling temperature fluctuations. They might not realize that they are thirsty, which adds to the risk. It is therefore essential to consume plenty of fluids, including sweat replacement fluids that contain potassium and other key ingredients the body sweats out on a hot day.

Check in with your doctor to see if there are any special precautions you should take in higher temperatures. Certain medications become less effective in the heat, so be sure that you store them properly at home. If you don’t currently have air conditioning, you might look into community programs for seniors that could provide subsidized air conditioners. Taking a short trip to a nearby library or movie theater can also offer a break from the heat and provide air-conditioned comfort. Finally, take it easy and know how to reach out for help if needed, whether with a medical alert device or through contacting a neighbor or family member.


eResponder Device Gives Users Immediate Access to Medical Response

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Life Protect 24/7 gives persons in need of medical assistance easy access to a reliable alert system. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Life Protect 24/7 supplies medical alert devices, including the eResponder Cellular Mobile Unit.

The eResponder features an unlimited monitoring range in any location with an available cellular signal. It uses Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA) technology that enables emergency responders to track and locate individuals requesting aid. Lightweight and designed for portability, it can be attached to sturdy keychain clips or worn as a pendant to allow individuals to carry it with them wherever they go. It also works when wet so that individuals can summon help in case of a fall or accident while bathing.

A single press of the eResponder’s SOS button connects the individual with a Life Protect care specialist located at UL-listed monitoring centers across the country. Certified by the Central Station Alarm Association, specialists send out appropriate emergency response units and provide emotional support until help arrives. In addition, they can contact friends, family, or neighbors at the individual’s request and alert them of the individual’s situation. eResponders come pre-programmed and do not require setup on behalf of the user.

Medical Alert Devices Help Protect Seniors at Risk of Falling

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Life Protect 24/7

Offering landline and mobile alert solutions for seniors, Life Protect 24/7 helps older adults stay safe while maintaining their independence. Personal alert devices can bring peace of mind to a senior adult’s children, who can feel secure in knowing that their aged parent can receive care in case of a fall.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are very common among older adults, with nearly one in three people over the age of 65 experiencing a fall each year. A fall can cause serious injury, such as head trauma or broken bones. In addition, individuals who become immobilized after a fall can experience other consequences, such as dehydration, hypothermia, or muscle breakdown. Because they know the risks of falling, some seniors choose to limit their activity, which can diminish their sense of well-being and enjoyment of life.

With a medical alert device installed in their home or carried with them, seniors have the added protection of having help readily available if they experience a fall. With the simple push of a button, seniors can connect to trained professionals who can assess the situation and ensure the right family members, friends, or authorities provide the assistance the senior needs.

Understanding Heart Attacks: Cause and Symptoms

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Heart Attacks

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Life Protect 24/7 provides personal-use medical alert devices that can instantly connect users with certified care specialists and emergency response units at the press of a button. Care specialists at Life Protect 24/7’s UL-listed monitoring centers can dispatch help for a wide variety of medical concerns, including heart attacks.

Heart attacks occur when blood flow to the heart becomes obstructed, which prevents oxygen from reaching the heart muscles. The lack of oxygen can cause severe damage to muscles in the heart and even destroy parts of them, particularly in the absence of immediate medical attention. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common cause of heart attacks. CHD results in a waxy buildup of plaque consisting of cholesterol and other substances in the coronary arteries leading to the heart. In addition, heart attacks may occur due to spasms in the arteries that provide the heart with blood flow and oxygen. Spasms make arties tighten and consequently restrict blood flow.

Symptoms of a heart attack can include nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and lightheadedness or dizziness. Individuals having a heart attack may also experience pressure or pain in the chest, arms, and sometimes neck, jaw, or back. Severity and the number of symptoms exhibited vary from person to person, and some individuals may feel no pain or other sensations until they go into cardiac arrest. Although heart attacks strike suddenly, warning signs can appear hours, days, or weeks in advance.

Those who experience a heart attack must seek immediate medical attention to avoid lasting damage, such as heart failure or the development of life-threatening arrhythmias, which keep the heart from pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart attacks, and those at risk can decrease their chances of having one through medication and maintaining healthier lifestyles.