John Denisevich, Lifeline Medical Alert Fan

When asked what my secret to a long life is, I answer good genes, healthy eating, patience, a sense of humor and living my life from my heart.

The stars were aligned on New Year’s Eve 1947, when I first laid eyes on my future bride Evelyn. We were married for 64 years, during which we raised a beautiful family together and supported one another through thick and thin. Unfortunately, like many couples my age, Evelyn and I spent our last years together in that delicate dance called caregiving – I reluctantly led, she obediently followed.

When she passed away last year, my children and I felt a collective sentiment of loss and sadness. But we also had a sense of peace, the kind that surrounds you when you know that you’ve done everything possible to make someone else feel loved. I think it is that serenity that gave us the strength and guideposts we needed to take our first steps into a world without Evelyn.

I’m new to widowhood.   I’ve joined a gym where I swim several times a week. I’ve also made a commitment to stay active, and to help me do that I wear a GoSafe Phillips Medical Alert pendant around my neck. It’s a GPS based system that detects if I have fallen, and it works both inside and outside of my home.

One day I was at the pool and I had placed the GoSafe pendant in my sneaker, which I dropped by mistake. Immediately, a lovely voice asked me if I was all right and whether I needed medical assistance. Here I was having a two-way communication with the pendant in my shoe. I felt like Agent 44 on the Get Smart television show!

There’s no doubt I miss my Evelyn every day. And if she can hear me, I want her to know the kids and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, and yes, I am bringing my GoSafe. She doesn’t have to worry about me!

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