As an older adult, you have seen your fair share of hard times, and perhaps even participated in an overseas conflict, deployment or war. Not only should you consider yourself a patriot, but also a survivor. That said, if you served our country, you probably wore what has become known as a dog tag.
These little metal identification tags were meant just for the Department of Defense to keep tabs on you, right? Well, not necessarily, and what’s more, they can now used as a means to keep you safe.
Medical alert tags might remind you of your time of service, but they are still useful today.
The history of the dog tag dates all the way back to the days of the Roman army. In those days, they were a way to identify recruits based on legion. Since that time, however, the military dog tag has become much more than just a form of soldier identification. By the Second World War, one tag had become two, and these tags provided vital information about the soldier or sailor, including name, Social Security number and blood type.
Today, tags can be customized, and provide just the essential details in the event you require first responder assistance.
It goes without saying, but medical alert tags not only speak for you when you are unable or incapacitated, but they are universally recognized as a piece of identification that first responders look for when in crisis management mode. This might not always be the case with newer or trendier identification means such as tattoos or watches.
Medical alert tags are one of the cheapest options when it comes to providing emergency response personnel with your critical information. As previously mentioned, semi-fashionable tags average roughly $30 and can be worn on a simple ball chain necklace or laced through a sneaker shoelace. There are considerably more expensive tags that come in silver and gold. The latter option could run the wearer up to $1,249.99.
While this might seem excessive to some, these high-end tags might be just what the older person wants. If so, they may be more likely to wear them. Ultimately, is this not the best of both worlds?
Medical alert tags, or dog tags, have been in use on battlefields, in the air and on the sea for as long as there has been reason to wear them. Today, older folks can use them to alert medical personnel and care teams of symptoms they may be experiencing, as well as new or chronic conditions that could leave them incapacitated or feeling suddenly forgetful. Military dog tags and medical alert tags do the talking for the wearer, and are a simple and affordable option for family members who want to ensure a loved one is quickly treated should they be unable to communicate an allergic or medical risk.