In an emergency, when you might not be able to speak for yourself, a medical identification bracelet or necklace speaks for you. Crisis response personnel need to know the specifics of your health situation; what conditions you have and what medications you take as quickly as possible. Medical ID jewelry is engraved with your personal health information presenting a concise overview of your conditions, allergies, medications and emergency contacts. Easy access to this information can be critical to saving your life. Medical ID jewelry has the potential to greatly aid pre-hospital care. Having accurate medical information readily available can eliminate trips to the hospital, reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent minor emergencies from becoming major ones. When you are taken to a hospital, doctors and nurses look for medical alert jewelry to understand the situation and to avoid dangerous delays or mistreatments. Medical IDs save lives! If you're unsure whether you need to wear a medical ID, consult your physician or pharmacist. Medical IDs are recommended by physicians and healthcare organizations throughout the world. Wearing a medical ID offers you and your loved ones peace of mind. They are also recommended for family caregivers, in case they are ever in an accident. The information would help ensure their dependent loved one would continue getting the care they need. There are many types of Medical ID jewelry and something for every budget and taste; simple and inexpensive options under $20 to extravagant custom-made 14-carat gold designer jewelry costing more than $1,000. Engraving is usually free. Regardless of the cost, they all serve the same function of alerting medical responders to conditions, allergies, or medications that would influence the type of care most appropriate for you when you are unable to speak for yourself. Medical ailments demand a medical ID. The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.