An avid fan, Gene will race to tell you about his impressive collection of racing memorabilia.
Health problems recently shifted his own life to the slow lane, but just like a driver has radio contact with his crew, a little button worn around his neck is Gene's line to outside help.
Kitty Olberding coordinates the Lifeline program for Stormont-Vail HealthCare. She says it's an emergency response program that enables people to stay in their home and live the kind of life they want.
For Gene, it means not worrying that it's just him and his dogs at home. If something happens, he just pushes the button to activate a base unit that's installed on his phone to contact a call center. Within seconds, someone's on the line to check on him.
Olberding says the system can be used for any situation where help is needed, be it a fall, feeling sick or security. The button works at a distance up to three football fields away from the base unit. If they don't get a response when they call, they'll go down a list of responder contacts you provide who can check on you..
Olberding says it's not just for the homebound. Her clients range in age from 18 to 102 and include new moms, post-surgery patients, or people with a spouse out of town.
Lifeline is available throughout Northeast Kansas. It has a $55 installation fee and then a $30 monthly charge for the service. For more information on it, call (785) 354-6333.