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Free Vial of Life forms for seniors
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Seniors who must take prescription medicines are being encouraged to stop by the Manteca District Ambulance booth at the farmers market Tuesday to obtain a free Vial of Life kit.

It is part of Senior Day at the Tuesday market that goes from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature either a jazz band or music from the 1940s. The Senior Day activities are sponsored by Merrill Gardens retirement community as well as Best Buy.

Seniors will receive a free Vial of Life form to fill out. It is recommended you place one in your wallet, in your glove compartment and especially on your refrigerator door. The form has places for information such as medication and physician contacts.

While every person would benefit from having a Vial of Life, seniors often need it due to constant medical changes and medications.

Many fire departments recommend placing the Vial of Life information in a plastic baggie and securely taping it to your refrigerator door so emergency personnel can have essential information if you are unable to respond to their inquiries. Often times certain medications do not go well with life saving procedures than can be modified in advance if personnel have knowledge of specific medications and conditions.

There are decals available to place on your front door and refrigerator door to alert responding emergency personnel.

The baggie also could contain a photo of yourself, a copy of your latest EKG to assist emergency personnel, a living will or equivalent if you have one, and if you chose any do not resuscitate information.

Some of the farmers participating in the market are DePalma Farms that sells peaches, nectarines, nuts, olives, plums, corn and more; Mehl Berry Farms that sells strawberries; Fisher Farms that sells apricots, pluots, plums, apples, pears, grapes, peaches, tomatoes; M & L Campuzano Farms that sells tomatoes, beans, squash, chilies, melons, onions and more.; Four K Farms that sells natural and flavored almonds and walnuts, fruit spreads, fruit butters and almond butter, almond flour, dried fruit, English cucumbers, tomatoes; Chinchiolo Farms that sells apples, cherries, pluots, peaches, nectarines; and M & L Campuzano Farms that sells fresh herbs and more.

For more information contact the CVB at 823-7229.