The Most Important Questions to Ask Your Parent’s Doctor

As family caregivers, it often falls on us to make critical decisions about our parents’ care. Being prepared with your most pressing questions will help reduce stress during your doctor’s visit. It also helps you make efficient use of the few minutes we get to speak with our physicians.

There’s a good chance your parents are among the 70 percent of seniors who suffer from two or more chronic diseases. Managing complex medical situations means lots of doctors visits, with lots of prescriptions and follow up instructions. It can be overwhelming.

Author Sharona Hoffman has put together an outstanding list of questions to take with you as the caregiver to an elderly parent.

Hoffman is the author of “Aging with a Plan: How A Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow.” She’s an expert at helping people manage the care of their elderly loved ones. She offers this list of important questions to take with you on your next doctor’s visit.

  1. Does My Parent Really Need This Many Drugs?
  2. What Are the Side Effects of The Drug You Are Recommending?
  3. Are there other, less aggressive alternatives we should consider first?
  4. How can we reduce her or his discomfort?
  5. What would you do if this were your parent?

Embedded within each of these questions is a deep sense of caring and wanting what’s best for our loved ones. Asking a doctor to step into your shoes can be particularly eye-opening for both you and your doctor.

What’s most important is that you are comfortable communicating with your doctor or team of medical professionals. As always, EasyCall is there to support you as you care for the ones you love most.

Portions of this article have been republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Three Ways Security Systems Are Helping Seniors ‘Age in Place’

It’s no secret that older Americans want to stay in their homes. The National Institutes of Health call this “aging in place,” and more than 80 percent of seniors say they’re planning on staying in their homes for the rest of their lives.

EasyCall, the medical alert system from Advanced Security Systems, is the perfect way to help you keep your independence by providing a 24/7 connection to help.

But did you know your security system can play a significant role in helping you stay safe and secure in your home as you age? Today’s security systems are smarter and sleeker than the systems of 10 or 20 years ago. Modern security systems are capable of connecting to and controlling many features of a modern home. Here are three ways your security system can help you age in place.

Keep Your Home Comfortable With Connected Thermostats

Seniors are often sensitive to changes in temperature. A smart thermostat can help maintain even heating and cooling throughout the day without needing to be adjusted by the homeowner. Modern thermostats also learn your habits throughout the day and can turn off your thermostat automatically when you leave the house. Today’s alarm systems are easily programmed to control thermostats conveniently from your smartphone or tablet.

Smart Doorbells Keep an Eye on Your Front Door

Smart doorbells make it possible to know who’s at your door without needing to get up. When a visitor rings the bell, you get an alert on your phone or tablet that allows you to see and speak with whoever’s there. Seniors with mobility challenges can find it challenging to make it to the door in time to greet visitors. Adding a smart doorbell to your alarm system is another excellent way to boost the security and safety of your home.

Boost Safety with Smart Lighting Inside and Outside Your Home

Integrating smart lights with your security system is one of the easiest and most effective ways to enhance the safety and security of your home. For a relatively low cost, you can install lights that will automatically turn on when you enter a dark hallway or illuminate a dark spot outside. You’ll reduce the risk of falls while also discouraging would-be thieves from attempting a breaking—all thanks to smart lighting. You can easily add smart lights to your alarm system as part of your overall security package. To learn more, contact us, and we’ll create a custom security package that fits your needs.

Advanced Security Systems Taps Syd Lemmon for Field Services Manager

Advanced Security Systems proudly announces the promotion of Sydney Lemmon of Eureka, Calif., to the position of Field Services Manager. This position oversees all technicians and fieldwork and is tasked with ensuring all customer needs are met within Advanced Security Systems’ Northern California service region.


In his three years with the company, Lemmon has served as both a service and installation technician. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. Before joining Advanced Security Systems, Lemmon served as a Youth Pastor at the Eureka First Church of the Nazarene.


“Syd brings a unique leadership ability that truly supports our ability to deliver peace of mind. With Syd overseeing field services, our customers are sure to get an outstanding quality of service,” says Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO of Advanced Security Systems.


Advanced Security Systems sells, services, and installs burglar and fire alarms, access control systems, and video surveillance packages. With offices in Eureka, Crescent City, and Santa Rosa, Advanced Security Systems has been Northern California’s leading security provider for over 45 years. To learn more, visit