Later in Life with Bay Alarm Medical When most people think of getting old, (like really old, like older than 80 old), they don’t think of life just starting out. Sadly, they think this is the time to “wrap it up,” so to speak… The time to sit on the front porch with a quilt and watch those “crazy kids nowadays doing whatever it is they do.” Yeah, that’s what most people think “older” people do and become. Crotchety, cynical, and immobile.
But guess what? You haven’t met my Nana Jean and her boyfriend Burt. Yeah, I said boyfriend. And yeah, she’s 87 and he’s 89. And let me tell you, they’re anything but crotchety and immobile.
There is no porch sitting for these two. From cruises, to classes, to weekend road trips and daily cocktails at 5pm, these two are anything but porch sitters. In fact, they’re at the height of life. In fact, they’re so much in love and so not considering slowing down anytime soon, that they’ve decided to cohabitate. Yep, next May, in honor of Burt’s 90th birthday, these two are shacking up. That’s right, in one house. Just like “those crazy kids nowadays” out there. Seriously, is that amazing or what? (And did I mention they share the same exact birth date? I mean, you can’t think of anything cuter).
As you can imagine, our family is just thrilled for these two lovebirds. We all feel so comforted knowing that they will be by each other’s side through the next 20 years (Hey, you laugh, but Nana’s mom- my Great-Grandma Florence lived to be 104… so you never know!) But let’s face it, there is a harsh reality that exists, even in the romance novel that is Nana and Burt: Accidents Happen. People Get hurt. I don’t mean heartbreak hurt, I mean, accidentally fall and break a hip hurt. And considering this happened just last week while Nana was visiting us, this is something we take seriously (her foot just caught the end of a chair when she stood up and WHOMP! Down she went- luckily, nothing but the bagel and cream cheese she was carrying got hurt!! PHEW)
But all we could think was what if she was alone? What if it was worse? Recently, I partnered with Bay Alarm Medical. Whether you have a loved one who is active and on the go like my Nana and Burt, or has had to recently slow down, there’s nothing quite like having piece of mind knowing that they are just one button away from getting the 24/7 medical help they may need in the event of an emergency.
Setting up the device is super simple. Like ridiculously simple! You simply plug the device into a phone line (not to worry, most of our grandparents or parents still do believe in land lines. I know I do!). Next you plug it into a power adapter or socket. Push the button to test and voila. You’re connected! The device has a huge “Help” button that, when pushed, sends an immediate emergency alert and you’re connected to an operator. The Alert button is supposed to be placed near the ground so if someone was to fall they could reach it. However, the people don’t always fall at home. Luckily there is a Mobile GPS option, something great for my traveling twosome! The choice of either of both a necklace or a wristband is also included with the home health alert system. Nana prefers the bracelet while Burt prefers the necklace (I mean, talk about a perfect pair ;))
While Nana and Burt might still be active and healthy, now that they are always tuned into their Bay Alarm device makes it easier for all of us to live our day-to-day worry free. In fact, on my overly exhausted – why did I birth two terrible sleepers- totally spacy and out of it days, I someimtes think maybe we all should have a device ready to help us. For tonight, my “vice” is wine and an early dinner. Luckily though I know at 5 oclock, across town, Nana and Burt will be doing the same thing and Bay Alarm will be there as back up.
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