Gold card to help treat seniors in emergencies

City health initiative part of Older Americans Month

(Baltimore City Health Department )
May 01, 2012|By Andrea K. walker

Baltimore health officials have

launched a program they hope will give paramedics more information to treat the elderly and people with disabilities.

They are asking people to fill out Gold Card forms that will list crucial health information, such as whether someone suffers from diabetes.

The Gold Card can then be displayed visibly in a person's home or carried in a wallet. If there is ever a medical emergency this will help medical staff with treatment options and decrease the likelihood of complications, health officials hope.

The city's Health Department printed and distributed more than 60,000 copies of the Gold Card to dozens of sites across the city, including senior centers, libraries, health centers, Social Security offices and senior high-rise residential buildings.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the initiative today. The announcement coincided with the start of Older Americans Month, a celebration of the nation’s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

“In a medical emergency, time is precious. In a few minutes, you can take steps to ensure paramedics and first responders have the information they need to save your life,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

The Health Department is also making available a limited number of free plastic medication managers beginning this week at every City senior center. Each day of the week is color-coded, and each of the four compartments is labeled with the time of day to ensure users take their medications as prescribed by the doctor.

To find a location near you that is giving out Gold Cards, call 410-396-CARE (2273).

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