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HELP AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON.

Byline: MICHELLE

A HOST of high-profile Scots have welcomed a life-saving personal alarm service to Scotland.

The Age Concern Enterprises Aid Call pendants allow older people to get immediate help in the event of an accident, sudden illness or security problem.

Broadcasters Kaye Adams and Tam Cowan joined River City star Libby McArthur to highlight the benefits of the service to an increasingly active and ageing population.

Kaye, who used to present Loose Women on TV, said: "Getting older doesn't have to mean staying at home.

"Aid Call can help prolong independence and active living while, at the same time, offering peace of mind. It could transform life for thousands of people and families."

Broadcaster Tam Cowan added: "Yes, Scotland has an ageing population but it is certainly not a nation of housebound, frail old folk.

"It is great that Age Concern's personal alarm service is now available to Scots.

"It will help older people and their families to know someone is at the end of the phone if they need them."

River City star Libby, who plays Gina Rossi in the soap, said: "I've had a relative who needed a personal alarm. The great thing about Age Concern's alarm is knowing help is at hand at the touch of a button."

Charity Age Concern Enterprises' 24-hour pendant is easy to operate. Once the button is pressed, the user talks to an operator who will send round their nominated keyholder or call emergency services.

To find out more about Aid Call, or for a demonstration, visit Age Concern Enterprises Scotland at Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside in Edinburgh or call 0131 668 8025. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Write to our mobility expert Michelle Thomson at: Ask Michelle, Mobility Matters, Sunday Mail, One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA, or email your question to askmichelle@sundaymail.co.uk

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Date:Jul 12, 2009
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