Local non-profit holds celebration for program saving the lives of senior citizens

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local, non-profit health care provider held a first birthday party in celebration of a program that saves seniors lives.

Midland honored Operation Red file Friday, a medical information initiative that is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.

Participants of the program receive a large, red, magnetic folder they can place on their fridge for instant access to medical information and where first responders will know where to look.

"A lot of times they will have a do not resuscitate order but it will be locked up somewhere," said April Hazen, the Medicare Grants Director for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. "A lot of times they'll have their medication and it's maybe, some in their refrigerator, some beside the bed, some in their purse, some a little bit of everywhere. So this really helps people get it all put together and organized so that the first responders know where to go look for it."

So far, KDAD has handed out 70,000 Red Files in 9 Kansas counties.