April is National Volunteer Month

Sharing is caring, right? Well, there is no better time to share your time than the present because April is National Volunteer Month! Helping others is not only a nice thing to do, but it is also beneficial for your health and well-being.

When it comes to your personal protection, it is highly unlikely that you will find someone to volunteer their time to watch over you. You could ask your kids or your grandkids to check in, but you don’t want to be a burden on them. If you are looking for great personal protection that will allow you to live the independent lifestyle you crave, Life Alert Protection is your one stop shop. Life Alert offers the best in personal protection for the home, shower, car, and everyday life.

Simply slip on their lightweight, waterproof emergency pendant and in the event of any life threatening emergency, push the button on your pendant to summon fast emergency help. No matter if you experience a home invasion, a home fire or even a serious fall, Life Alert’s dispatch team can send you the proper authorities fast, 24/7. While you help others this month, let Life Alert watch over you all year long.

Curious as to how volunteering your time can actually benefit you? The Huffington Post[1], along with the United Health Group, commissioned a national survey of 3,351 adults after a volunteer experience. Read about their results below!

  • 76% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier.
  • 94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood.Volunteer month
  • 78% of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels.
  • 96% reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life.
  • 80% of them feel like they have control over their health.
  • About a quarter of them reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems.
  • Volunteers have better personal scores than non-volunteers on nine well-established measures of emotional wellbeing including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.
  • Volunteering also improved their mood and self-esteem.

It is clear to see that volunteering is truly beneficial, for all of those involved. Whether you work with animals, the environment or even children, getting out there and sharing your life with others can be so rewarding this April. While you may spend your day helping lots of people, your personal preference after a long day may be to come home to your independent lifestyle; but is your lifestyle protecting you? A fall, when not treated immediately, could turn into a catastrophe resulting in medical bills and time out of your life.  Life Alert medical alert system gets help to you fast with just one touch of a button.  Helping others starts with yourself.  Let Life Alert protect you so you can go out and volunteer to help others.   To learn more of about all of Life Alert services call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. Young, Hilary. “Why Volunteering Is So Good For Your Health.” The Huffington Post. 1 November 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-young/benefits-of-volunteering_b_4151540.html >.

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Clean for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and to celebrate you can get started on your spring cleaning. The increase of daylight may suddenly shine a light on all the clutter in your home. Get ready to spring into action with the cleaning tips below.

Speaking of cleaning, many home accidents occurring while one is standing on a step stool dusting that hard to reach place, or tripping over a vacuum cord.  Even gardening can become a trap as many elders find it difficult to stand after kneeling in the flower bed for too long.  So perhaps it time you spring into action regarding your personal protection by getting Life Alert.

Life Alert’s medical alert pendant allows you to summon help fast with just one touch of a button.  No matter if you’re spring cleaning, watering the lawn, raking leaves or shoveling snow, Life Alert is available 24/7, year round and every season. If you experience a serious fall or any other medical emergency, Life Alert’s dispatch team can send you the proper authorities fast, 24/7. It’s time to clean up your personal protection so get Life Alert Protection and stay as bright-eyed and bushy tailed as a new born bunny knowing that you are safe and protected.

Now that we got your personal protection in order, let’s tackle that Spring cleaning with the tips below from Everyday Health[1]:

  • Use the in-out rule. For every item that comes into your home (newSpring-Clean-ChecklistFinal-231x300 books, videos, clothes, toys), another comparable item should go out.
  • Stay ahead of clutter. Sort and file mail daily. Keep newspapers until the next edition arrives. Clip and file articles you want and discard the magazine.
  • Organize items in clear plastic storage boxes with lids. This reduces dust and lets you easily identify what is inside. Small objects may be kept in zip-lock bags.
  • Look for furniture with built-in storage. This includes covered benches, beds with drawers underneath, coffee tables with drawers, etc.
  • Donate clothes and other items to your favorite charity. You will feel better knowing others benefitted from them.
  • Photograph cherished items you have decided to part with. That way, you save the memory and let go of the object.

No one enjoys the process of purging, but once your spring cleaning is over, you and your home will feel so much better. Plus, under the safety of Life Alert’s medical alert system, you can feel free to clean every nook and cranny of your home because one touch of a button sends help fast, 24/7.

Should Spring give you the urge to get out of your house, Life Alert Mobile with GPS is perfect for any emergency away from home.

This spring don’t get sprung over any old emergency medical device, choose the best by getting Life Alert!  Spring into action and call 1-800-513-2934 for a Free brochure on all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services.

 

Works Cited:

  1. Shrager, Lynda. “Must-Follow Steps for Spring Cleaning.” Everyday Health. 19 April 2011. <http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/lynda-shrager-the-organized-caregiver/must-follow-steps-for-spring-cleaning/ >.

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Coffee Upgrade Please

If you’re like me, starting your day off right includes a great cup of coffee. Fun flavored creamer? Yes please! Sugar? Of course! Healthy? Heck no!  So how you can enjoy your favorite cup of java without going overboard on all the calories? Keep reading to find the scoop.

Need a pick-me-up in the morning? Grab a cup of coffee! Need a pick-me-up off from the floor? Get Life Alert.  Life Alert is the industry leader in personal protection – they are the rich roast of medical alerts that send you hot piping help fast, 24/7.  Simply slip on their lightweight, waterproof emergency pendant and in the event of a life threatening emergency, push the button on the pendant to summon fast medical response.  The caffeine may help add a bounce to your step, but in case that bounce lands you on the floor like spilled coffee grounds, Life Alert  will pick you up quicker than a Grande, Quad, full fat, One-Pump, No-Whip, Mocha! Don’t let a life changing accident wake you up, instead, be proactive and get Life Alert Protection today.

Now you know Life Alert will jazz up your safety, continue reading to learn the 5 low-sugar ways to jazz up your coffee from Everyday Health[1]!

Vanilla

For a flavor (and smell!) reminiscent of your favorite baked goods, add a few drops of pure vanilla extract to your cup of joe. A little goes a long way: Just one teaspoon will add a subtle sweetness for only half a gram (g) of sugar and 12 calories. Give almond extract a try for a nutty twist.

Cinnamon

Another trick for cutting back on sugar, a dusting of cinnamon is a low-calorie way to add natural sweetness to your mug. A teaspoon adds just 6 calories and a miniscule amount of sugar to your beverage, while also adding a warm, slightly sweet flavor. The spice is also a smart choice for those with type 2 diabetes, as research shows it may help lower fasting glucose levels. Most coffee shops have cinnamon available — so make this your go-to add-in when doctoring up your coffee.

Nutmeg

While you’re in the spice rack, grab the nutmeg, too. The spice is a great way to add gingerbread flavor to your coffee. With just 6 calories and a neglicoffeegible amount of sugar per 1/2 teaspoon, it’s a much healthier alternative to grabbing a gingerbread latte from Starbucks, which contains 250 calories and a whopping 35 g of sugar in a grande (and that’s with 2 percent milk and no whipped cream!).

Coffee Cubes

If you aren’t quite ready to give up your iced coffee, give this super simple trick a try: Enjoying your coffee over coffee ice cubes will keep the sip from becoming diluted as the ice melts. You can even go a step further by swirling in vanilla extract, cinnamon, or nutmeg before freezing — as the cubes melt, they’ll infuse even more flavor into your coffee! Having frozen cubes on hand is a hassle-free way to make the beverage feel special when serving up brunch for guests, and it’s a great way to make use of leftover coffee from the pot.

Pumpkin Puree

You can still jump on the pumpkin bandwagon without the sugar high (and subsequent crash). It’s super easy to whip up a DIY pumpkin spice latte at home that’s much lower in calories and sugar than Starbucks. Simply combine coffee with your low-fat or fat-free milk of choice, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. If you need a little extra sweetness, add a touch of maple syrup.

Love your coffee and let it love your waistline back, with the helpful flavor tips above! But while you wait for your morning coffee to kick in, get a little extra back up with Life Alert Protection. Sleepy mornings can be tough and a small lip in the rug or even a stair or two can cause a serious, life threatening fall. Your coffee can’t save you, but Life Alert can!  Summon help for any home emergency with one touch of a button.

Wake up your personal protection with the industry’s best emergency medical alert, Life Alert. Don’t perkulate about it, call 1-800-513-2934 for a Free Brochure to learn about all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services.

Works Cited:

  1. Steinhilber, Brianna. “5 Low-Sugar Ways to Jazz Up Your Coffee.” Everyday Health. 29 September 2015. <http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/low-sugar-ways-jazz-up-your-coffee/ >.

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Winter Driving Tips

As we age, driving can become more difficult; our vision and reflexes are not as reliable as they used to be. With wet, slick and sometimes freezing roads during the winter season, driving can become even more dangerous. Find out how you can better navigate the dangerous, wintery roads this season by reading on.

While winter driving conditions are not ideal, if you have to hit the road, it is important to have a little extra protection. So what can you do? Get Life Alert Mobile with GPS, so you can get great personal protection no matter where you may drive to in the US. Whether you’re running errands or going to visit a friend, simply take your Life Alert Mobile and – just like with the classic Life Alert – push the emergency response button to get help fast, 24/7.   Since Life Alert Mobile has GPS, you can be located by anywhere in the United States where GSM cellular phones operate.

Life Alert is great for home protection, but if you are out and about or an active senior Life Alert Mobile with GPS will keep you protected while on-the-go.  So if you find yourselftire-discounters-wintertips-f1 lost in a snow storm use Life Alert Mobile with GPS, for all other wintery roads preparations, read these tips from John’s Driving School[1].

  • Parking Lot Dangers: Slipping and falling on ice can hurt, no matter what your age. For the elderly, recuperation time can be prolonged due to the age of the bones and muscles in the body. Worse, elderly people who face slip-and-fall injuries may face lasting, permanent damages. If you’re headed out for a drive, be sure to wear winter boots or another type of skid-resistant shoe. Be mindful of the area your car is parked in, and look out for any puddles that may have frozen to ice.
  • Vehicle Check-list: Have your car inspected to ensure it is in optimum driving condition. Check the basics like oil, tires, battery, and windshield wipers. Your battery will have more trouble starting in the cold, so if it needs to be replaced do so immediately. Windshield wipers should be intact and functional to clear away any melted snow or ice. Be sure to also check your windshield wiper fluid. Murky water can easily fly up from the tires of vehicles in front of you and quickly freeze onto your windshield.
  • Emergency Safety Kit: Make your trunk your safety blanket. We mean that figuratively, of course! Pack your trunk with certain provisions in case of an emergency, such as a blanket, shovel, spare ice scraper, an extra set of warm clothing, and cat litter or ice melt. If you find your car stuck in the ice, cat litter can act as a slip-resistant surface for your tire to create traction on. It is recommended that you store an extra jug of wiper fluid in your trunk in case you run out while you’re out on the road.
  • Personal Health: As you age, your body loses the sharpness abilities like vision, hearing, and motor reflexes. Certain pains or ailments that you may experience in old age can make driving difficult. For example, pain or stiffness in your neck can make it hard to look left and right when turning your vehicle. Poor vision can limit you to driving to a certain time of day, in order to drive safely. Pay attention to the ways that your body is changing, and schedule regular appointments with your doctor to ensure you are in driving condition, especially throughout the winter.
  • Car Control: Automatic transmission, power steering and breaks are all features that will make driving in your old age easier, but you should still be mindful of other drivers on the road. In the winter months, allow more time for slowing and stopping to avoid problems with ice. Pay close attention to the roads, being mindful of pot holes and snow banks. Watch out for erratic drivers who may think the roads are less slick than they really are.

By using these simple tips, you can ensure a safer drive during the wind, rain, sleet or snow! Did you know that 52 percent of reported crashes occurred five miles or less from home and a whopping 77 percent occurred fifteen miles or less from home[2]? A simple drive to the drug store could turn devastating which is why it is so important to have great personal protection when you hit the road. With Life Alert Mobile with GPS you can get just that. Take their lightweight and easy to use HELP Phone anytime you leave the house and with a simple touch of a button, Life Alert’s 24/7 dispatch team can locate you and send help fast. Whether its winter, spring, summer, or fall, or if you are at home or out and about, Life Alert’s Protection is a great addition to your safety at home or on the go. For a free brochure on all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:

  1. “Winter Driving Tips for the Elderly.” John’s Driving School. <http://www.icandrive.com/resources/winter-driving-tips-for-the-elderly/>.
  2. “Claims Survey Finds There’s No Place Like Home – For Vehicle Crashes.” Progressive. <https://www.progressive.com/newsroom/article/2002/may/fivemiles/>.

 

 

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Finance Tips for 2017

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions revolves around money. Who doesn’t want to save more and spend less?! With 2017 only days away, a financial tune-up may just be what the New Year ordered. Keep reading to learn about some simple steps that can make a big difference.

Your finances may not be the only thing needing a tune-up; what about your personal protection? A serious fall can cost you much more than you think, even with insurance.  Permanent damage or disability can be minimized, and even death may be prevented the sooner help arrives. If you are an aging senior looking to live safely and independently with confidence, then you need Life Alert. While wearing their lightweight, waterproof emergency pendant, you can summon an emergency medical help fast with just one touch of a button. No matter if you experience a home fire, home invasion or even a serious fall, Life Alert’s dispatch team can send you the help you need fast, 24/7.

With Life Alert protecting you and possibly reducing the unexpected cost of a medical emergency, it may be easier for you to reach your financial goals for 2017 by apply some of these tips from the experts over at Real Simple[1].

1. Set Goals. Whether you’re saving for a child’s college education or hoping to pay off your mortgage, identifying specific money targets is the first step. Sharing your goals with a trusted friend or family member will also help keep you accountable. A recent study by Gail Matthews at Dominican University in California found that participants who shared goals with a friend and sent weekly updates on their progress were more than twice as likely to achieve those goals.

2. Track Spending. Even if you’re already spending less than you earn, use an app like Mint or BillGuard to easily monitor where your dollars are going each month.

3. Talk to a Financial Planner. A professional can help update (or create) long-termpersonal-finance plans to meet your money goals. A planner can also walk you through any tax or estate issues you may not have considered.

4. Plan for Retirement. The goal is to max out your retirement accounts, but if you’re not there yet, just increasing your savings rate by 1 percent per year can add up over the course of your career. If you work for an employer with a 401(k) match, you should be investing, at a minimum, enough to get that match. If your employer doesn’t have a 401(k), you can still set aside tax-free money for retirement in an IRA.

5. Build Emergency Funds. Aim to have three to six months of expenses set aside in a liquid account in case you lose your job or get hit with an unexpected bill. Using a credit card or dipping into retirement savings will only compound your financial problems. “In an emergency, there’s nothing that beats cold, hard cash sitting in the bank or a money-market fund,” says Joe Lucey, a certified financial planner and president of Secured Retirement Advisors in St. Louis Park, Minn.

6. Check Tax Withholdings. If you’ve had a major life change like the birth of a child, a marriage, or a divorce, adjust the amount of taxes your employer is taking out of your paycheck. If you received a large refund or owed a lot last year, you may still ask your human resources department for a copy of your W-4. You can request or update the document at any time throughout the year.

7. Check Your Credit Score. You’re entitled to a free credit report (request it at annualcreditreport.com) from each of the three largest credit bureaus. Pull one every four months to make sure there are no errors and to monitor it for discrepancies that could indicate ID theft, such as accounts or charges that you don’t recognize. “That way there are no surprises when you go to get a car loan or refinance your mortgage,” says ReKeithan Miller, a certified financial planner and portfolio manager.

8. Choose a Bank that Rewards You. Practicing responsible financial habits that grow your account balances may help you qualify for banking rewards programs. So, look for a bank that rewards you for your business. Rewards provides clients with a 25% to 75% rewards bonus on eligible credit cards, no fees on select everyday banking services, priority service, and discounts on home and auto loans.

9. Schedule Money Dates with Your Spouse. Financial issues are one of the most common sources of marital conflict. Schedule time each month to check in with your spouse on your shared progress toward your short- and long-term financial goals. Be sure to discuss any upcoming large purchases and how you’ll pay for them.

10. Ask for a Raise. Three-quarters of people who ask for a raise get one, according to PayScale. While new LeanIn data shows that women are slightly more likely to ask for a raise than their male peers, they’re less likely to receive one. Increase your odds by going into a meeting with your boss with a list of provable recent accomplishments. Research the typical salary for your position on Payscale or Glassdoor, so that you know you’re asking for a fair increase. “You want to be reasonable in your expectations,” says Vicky Oliver, a career expert and author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions. If your boss says ‘no’, ask for some concrete steps you can take to improve your performance. Then schedule a check-in for three or six months to talk about your progress.

11. Rebalance Your Portfolio. You’ll want to balance your investment mix (how much money you put into stocks versus bonds) based on your age and risk tolerance. Use an asset allocation calculator to help determine the appropriate mix for you. Then check back a few times a year and readjust your allocation if stock market volatility throws it out of whack.

12. Pay Less for Insurance, Evaluate Refinancing Options. If you haven’t shopped around for home or car insurance for a few years, you may be missing out on a better deal. Lower your premium by buying the two policies from the same provider and by increasing your deductible, or the amount you’d have to pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in. In addition, use auto and home loan refinance calculators to help evaluate whether you could save money by refinancing. Banking rewards programs such as Preferred Rewards from Bank of America provide clients with interest rate discounts of up to 0.50% on auto loans, and a reduction of up to $600 on mortgage origination fees.

13. Update Beneficiaries. Double-check that the beneficiaries listed on your financial accounts and life insurance policies list the correct people. If you’ve had the account for many years, your beneficiaries may be outdated.

14. Automate Your Finances. Set up your checking account to automatically pay recurring bills, and make a transfer into your savings account. That way, you’ll never have to worry about missing a payment, and you’ll eliminate one monthly chore from your to-do list. Review your auto-payments once each year to make sure you’re not paying for services you don’t use, like premium cable or subscription services.

15. Invest in a 529 Plan. If you’re planning to help your children pay for college, the best place to set aside money is in a 529 plan, where it can grow tax-deferred and be withdrawn tax-free when used for qualified educational expenses. There is no federal benefit for contributions to such plans, but many states do offer a credit to those saving for college. Despite those benefits, fewer than 40 percent of families who are saving for college are doing so, according to a recent report by Sallie Mae.

16. Make a Will. Many people think that estate planning is only for the very wealthy, but anyone who has dependents should have a basic will that spells out where you want your assets to go and who will take care of your kids. If your finances aren’t complicated, you may be able to create or update your will on your own, via a site like Legalzoom.

17. Protect Your Identity. Identity theft is a growing problem, affecting about 7 percent of Americans in 2014, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. While it’s impossible to entirely prevent identity theft in today’s world, you can minimize your risk. Basic steps include using strong, distinct passwords for all web sites that you visit, avoiding public Wi-Fi, and monitoring your accounts for any suspicious activity.

With the tips above you can be certain that 2017 will be a year of prosperity! Plus, with your few extra bucks, you can finally get the better personal protection you’ve been wishing for. With over 25 years in the emergency medical device industry, you can spend your extra money wisely by choosing Life Alert Protection. Just by simply wearing their medical alert pendant you can summon help fast with just one touch of a button. Whether you encounter an emergency in the kitchen, shower or even on the stairs, Life Alert’s 24/7 dispatch team can send you the proper authorities fast. Saving a buck and putting it towards saving your life is a great way to kick off your 2017!

Works Cited:

  1. “17 Personal Finance Tips for 2017.” Real Simple. <http://www.realsimple.com/partner/bank-of-america/116689?prx_t=b28CAv9AKAyO0PA&ntv_idp=1 >.

 

 

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Life Alert to the Rescue! Gets help within minutes of a fire!!!

Daily News Report 9:01 p.m. MST December 20, 2016

According to a release by the City of Alamogordo, at about 7:30 a.m. the Alamogordo Fire Department was dispatched to 211 Sunrise Avenue for a structure fire with one occupant trapped inside. Judith Thompson, 77, activated her life alert and identified heavy fire conditions in the room where she was seated. Within minutes, firefighters and medical personnel from AFD and American Medical Response (AMR) were on scene.

Initial entry crews found heavy fire conditions in the living room of the residence.  A rapid search of the room conducted by firefighters located Thompson, who was unconscious and seated in a chair directly adjacent to the fire. Firefighters rapidly removed Thompson from the residence and initiated lifesaving efforts. AFD and AMR personnel continued treatment and transported Thompson to the hospital where she is in stable condition and has resumed consciousness.

Firefighters conducted a search of the rest of the home and quickly extinguished the fire.  Firefighters were able to contain the damage to the areas initially involved.  The residence has sustained significant damage and the family has been referred to the Red Cross for support. The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is being conducted by AFD and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

“Our firefighters performed exemplary and as a result of their rapid response and actions, saved Ms. Thompson’s life,” said Fire Chief Mikel Ward. “Alamogordo truly has the best men and women serving in the fire department.  It’s days like today we are reminded how valuable their service is.”

Ward also extended his appreciation to AMR, the Alamogordo Police Department and Otero County Office of Emergency Services for their assistance and support

Healthy Gifts

It is gift giving season and finding the perfect gift for that perfect someone can be tough; between the person who has everything, to the partner who says they don’t want anything, shopping for “the” gift can make you want to tear your hair out! While it is fun to get your loved ones great gifts, sometimes it is extra fun to get yourself something special too. If you’re an aging senior citizen looking to gain more independence, the perfect gift for you is Life Alert!  That’s right, Life Alert, the original “Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up,” people.  Their lightweight, waterproof, medical alert pendant can summon help fast, 24/7, with one simple press of the emergency button. Life Alert’s medical alert system allows you to live in your own home safely and independently, thus making the ideal personal gift this season!

Still feeling stumped on what other special gifts to get the special people in your life?  Want more ideas? Read about these other great and healthy gift ideas from Health.com[1] and be stumped no more!

Workout Bag

The perfect gift for a friend who is embarking on a new fitness goal.

Cool Apronapron

One of the healthiest changes you can make is to start eating natural food cooked at home. But it’s often hard to find the time—or motivation—to rattle those pots and pans.  A nice apron can be the perfect back drop to culinary inspiration.

Yoga Mat or Kit

A beginner’s yoga kit includes a lightweight and portable nonslip yoga mat and strap, a resistance band, a small foamy exercise ball, and a workout guide with an accompanying DVD. A chart of yoga poses also comes in handy for novices struggling with what-goes-where positions.

Food Savers

Cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables is much healthier than nuking a frozen meal or dialing for takeout, but recipes that call for just a pinch of lemon zest or a spoonful of diced onion can fill your fridge fast with half-used produce in plastic baggie4-vegetable-container-400x400s. Yet airtight storage containers, designed to resemble lemons, limes, garlic, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and grapefruit, can solve that problem.

Although these gifts are great ideas, this holiday season, get yourself the best gift of all; 24/7 personal protection. Life Alert‘s medical alert system allows you to summon help in any home emergency such as a serious fall, a home invasion or even a home fire.  Giving feels so good, but the only thing that feels better is having great personal protection with Life Alert! For a free brochure on all their wonderful services call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:

  1. “50 Healthy Gifts Under $50.” com. <http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20539484,00.html >.

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