The American Geriatric Society says meeting the specific needs of older family members may very well be life-saving.

Things to consider:

  • A medical ID bracelet to alert others to health problems and food or drug allergies.
  • At least a two-week supply of prescriptions and medications in their original packaging.
  • Medical equipment such as extra eyeglasses, blood-pressure cuff, blood-sugar monitoring equipment, hearing aid batteries, ice packs or an insulated bag for medication that requires refrigeration.
  • Copies of medical records with doctors' contact information, lists of problems and how they're being treated and the names of drugs taken.

Visit the American Red Cross webpage on senior citizens for more information.