The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights Medical Alert Program has received the Community Partner Award from SAGE Eldercare, the oldest eldercare agency in New Jersey.   Since its inception, twenty-five years ago, the Medical Alert Program has been a valuable resource for SAGE Eldercare which regularly refers clients to the program that is designed to help save the lives of older adults in emergency situations and reduce fear and anxiety of potential emergencies when a person is home alone. 
 
The program works by providing a medical alert unit, which when programmed, contains a small message and the police department’s phone number.  There is also a heart-shaped pendant programmed to the console that is worn as a necklace with a range of fifty feet to notify emergency Police and Rescue Squads that help is needed by the push of a button.  A small group of dedicated volunteers from the Rotary Club run the program which serves residents in Berkeley Heights and New Providence. 
 
Mike Del Duca, the Chairman of the Medical Alert Program for the Rotary Club, recently accepted the award during SAGE’s Annual Meeting in Summit. The Community Partner Award was initiated in 1996 to honor local small businesses that share the vision of SAGE Eldercare which is dedicated to support and meet the needs of the elder population in the community. 
 
For more information about the Medical Alert Program, please call Mike Del Duca at 908-464-5200 or in New Providence contact Peggy Brodeur at 908-685-0046.  To learn more about SAGE Eldercare’s broad range of services for older adults, their families and caregivers, call 908-273-5500 or email contactus@sageeldercare.org.   Please visit SAGE’s website at www.sageeldercare.org to see the latest offerings at SAGE Eldercare.