Dear Carol: My mom takes care of my dad who has Parkinson’s disease. She does a good job, though I know it’s hard for her. I worry about what could happen if she fell or had heart attack while she and Dad are alone. They have neighbors, as they live in an apartment, but still it could be hours before anyone knew something was wrong. She’s proud of her work helping Dad. How do I help her understand this isn’t safe? Barney
Dear Barney: You are right to be concerned. Any older couple caring for one another, even without taking Parkinson’s disease into consideration, would do well to consider a medical alarm service.