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Kerri

Tag your bag for the journey: Medical bag tags

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If you’re an avid traveler, you know the importance of keeping tags on your luggage. One trip, I could not for the life of me find a luggage tag in my house! Fortunately my suitcase made it successfully through both flights, but I can’t say I wasn’t just a tiny bit nervous because it seemed like I was tempting fate! But, how well do you identify your medical items as yours?
 

medical bag with red ID tag

Certain items, like blood glucose test kits, zip cases for medications, oxygen tanks or compressor bags and CPAP machines, wheelchairs or walkers, or nebulizer compressors are important, especially when travelling. Any bags that contain medical supplies should be readily identified so that if they are lost, the urgency to return them and their contents is known. Our red medical ID key chains also double as excellent bag tags. I have one attached to my nebulizer bag—if someone finds it somewhere and does not know what it is, they will at least know that it is medical equipment, and hopefully take it somewhere where they will find a way to contact me and return my supplies! 
 
Most of us are very careful with our medical equipment—but, especially in the hustle and bustle of travel, things happen. By outfitting your equipment or medication bag with a medical tag, such as our bright red ones, you can have the peace of mind that anybody who finds your bag can get it back to you. A tag can also help people identify where to find the medication that you might need if you cannot get to it yourself. Our tags come in both plastic and aluminum versions, as well as a red-emblem stainless steel version. While all of our products are light, I have the plastic red tag on my nebulizer bag—it’s low profile and stays out of my way, but is bright enough to see when needed. Since this small carry bag for my neb stays within my carry-on bag most of the time, I don’t test the tag’s durability too much; however, if you are really rough on your bag (like I am on my backpack!) you may prefer the aluminum version for your journeys.
 
And, unlike those those paper-insert plastic tags that sometimes only last one trip on your suitcase before the plastic cracks, these sturdy little tags will hold up to whatever you throw at them, just like the rest of our products. 
Kerri

Celebrate the International Day of Older Persons

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black and white photo of older adult hand holding small handToday is October 1st. While the transition to Fall may make you want to pause and take a look at what is going on around you, today, think about pausing for another reason: to think about and thank an older person in your world. This person may be a grandparent, a parent, an aunt or uncle, or a neighbour or teacher.
Older adults are living longer and healthier lives, but often do live with chronic medical conditions or take multiple daily medications to stay healthy. Alzheimer disease, Parkinson’s, Type 2 Diabetes, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, among others, are medical conditions that are often seen as more common among older adults (usually considered so when they reach age 65 or older). In addition to healthy lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco, exercising regularly and ensuring positive nutrition habits, which are good choices for any older adult and great choices for those with chronic disease. Another smart choice is wearing a medical ID bracelet or necklace, which can provide a sense of security for older adults, no matter if they live in the community in their own home, with a family member, or in a care home where medical errors can be reduced by ensuring medical needs are easily identifiable. If your loved one is in a care home, you might be able to ask staff what is a good idea to engrave on a medical bracelet or necklace.
If you have a special older adult in your life, think about them today—maybe it is a good day to help them order or update a medical ID bracelet or necklace, and maybe take them a meal or dessert to show that you care for them. If you cannot go for a visit to an older person who is special in your life, give them a phone call or even send them an e-mail and let them know you are thinking about them!
Jon

Dementia Awareness Week

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About 850,000 individuals were diagnosed with dementia in UK this year and the number is expected to increase by one million in 2025. The Alzheimer’s Society leads the fight against dementia and is now promoting the Alzheimer’s Awareness Week 2015 with an aim of raising individuals’ awareness and understanding about dementia. Aside from leading this awareness week, they are offering their support and services to better enable individuals to live well despite this condition.Dementia Awareness

Dementia is a condition affecting 800,000 of individuals in UK alone. The risk of developing this condition increases as individuals get older. Dementia is a condition that usually occurs in individuals aged 65 years old and above.

What is Dementia and what are Common Dementia Symptoms?

Dementia includes a group of related symptoms associated with ongoing decline of brain and its functions. This also includes related problems like thinking speed, memory loss, language problems, mental agility and poor judgment. The common dementia symptoms include the following:

    • Balance problems
    • Agitation
    • Impulsivity
    • Language and speech difficulty
    • Trouble swallowing and eating
    • Memory distortions
    • Delusions
    • Restlessness or wandering

One of the main causes of dementia is damage of nerve cells in the brain. Other causes of dementia are depression, effects of medications, excessive use of alcohol and vitamin deficiencies. Many have heard about dementia, but not all are completely familiar with this condition. The Dementia Awareness Week is the perfect event to widen individuals’ familiarity and awareness of this condition. Wearing a dementia awareness bracelet signifies your willingness to be part of raising people’s awareness and knowhow.

If you want to show your commitment to this worthy cause, you can wear this dementia awareness bracelet as you join the fight against dementia which is one of the main objectives of this Alzheimer’s Awareness Week 2015. MyIdentityDoctor.com offers a broad selection of affordable and durable dementia awareness bracelet and other medical jewelries. Individuals can now access these items easily even online as long as they have a reliable internet connection.

Show your undying support to the Alzheimer’s Society by wearing this dementia awareness bracelet. This will make other people realize the value of being well informed and updated. Knowledge and awareness about this condition is one ideal way of combating the spread of this illness or helping sufferers live within this condition. The Dementia Awareness Week 8th May-Sun 24th May is in need of individuals’ participation and involvement. Take time to be part of this event.

Jon

International IBS Awareness Month 2015

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IBS or simply put irritable bowel syndrome is not an uncommon disease anymore and thus, if you are one of the patients, then there is no need to feel left out or heartbroken as around 20 percent of the world population suffer from this problem. This number can very well escalate but there are many who never come to know about the same and thus, most of the cases still go by unnoticed. The month of April is formally recognized as the International IBS awareness month. Many of us do not take these awareness programs seriously even after having this disease, as they feel that being a part of this program is sheer waste of time and nothing else, which is so not right.IBS awareness Month

Through these programs many scholars, experts and teachers not only educate the people about the disease and its related concerns but also are able to roll out monetary help to the needy. There are many types of cancer which are predominantly becoming prevalent in our society and there is a strong need to tackle them. Some of these cancers include the likes of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer. All of these cancers are deadly and fatal and have already caused much havoc in the lives of people. Having said that, it is important to understand that of all these aforementioned cancers, bowel cancer can be the worst. The prime reasons for saying so is the fact that the awareness of this type of cancer is least among its other contemporaries. People even do not know that they have irritable bowel syndrome and when it has transformed into bowel cancer. It is important for the concerned persons to understand the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. The most obvious and the primary symptom is that of passing blood along with stool. Loose stools or diarrhea for a longer period of time can be another important symptom which indicates bowel cancer. Losing weight consistently is another of those signs that can direct one towards bowel cancer.

Medical Jewelry is an important tool in the identification of the disease and then keeping it under a tight and strict control. Jewelry or medical jewelry includes the likes of medical bracelet. A medical bracelet is important in the case of the medical id of the patient as it signifies that the patient wearing this bracelet is under the influence of a severe disease and that a sudden medical emergency might befall the patient. Even in case of a person suffering from bowel cancer, it is highly possible that the patient can be in dire need of attention and thus, medical jewelries like bracelet come into play. Now comes up the most important question of whether or not bowel cancer is hereditary? Well, the answer is not a simple one to begin with. In many of the cases where bowel cancer occurs, there is absolutely no family history of the same but in case where there are multiple persons suffering from the disease, there is a great chance that this disease may be passed onto the successors. Thus, it is high time that all of us come together for this cause in the coming month and pledge that we will do everything possible to spread the word for the disease.

Jon

Living with Dementia? Here are Some Travel Tips for You

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Dementia is part of a broader category of brain diseases that cause the sufferer to have long term and quite often gradually decreasing ability to think and remember in such a way that the person’s daily life is impacted a lot. Other symptoms that may be found in people who suffer from Dementia include emotional problems, problems with the language, and a total decrease in motivation. However, the consciousness of the person is not affected. Dementia is a dangerous disease that many people suffer from and although it can mostly be found with the elderly, there are many cases when far younger people have been affected by it.

Dementia Travel Tips

Dementia Travel Tips

Nowadays many people tend to use medical ID jewelry that is used to identify a person’s illness. Many websites such as My Identity Doctor offer medical bracelets for people who are suffering from a disease. If you have a friend or relative who is suffering from this disease it is a good idea to give them one dementia id bracelet so that in case of any emergency doctors know what they are suffering from and would react more adequately. This can actually be a life saver in many situations something like this can be the difference between life and death.

Although living with dementia might have a great impact on your daily life this does not mean that life for you is completely over. If the person that is suffering from this dangerous disease loves to travel then a good idea to clear their head might be to take them on a trip somewhere. There are a few tips that you should follow when you are with such a person.

For once always bring a dementia bracelet with them so that in case of any emergency doctors will have a better understanding of the situation and thus will be able to act accordingly. In many cases this can actually be the reason of a life being saved. Additionally, since sufferers of dementia tend to have damaged remembering ability a good idea might be to lead notes about everything. Where are you staying during the trip, where can they find food, what is your number. Although these might seem like simple and insignificant facts, when the person is suffering from such a disease even this can be a daunting challenge. This is why you can make their life much easier by giving them notes with everything written. Even if they end up getting lost or need help they can still ask somebody for help. And since their identity bracelet dementia will be with them, they will be alright.

 

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