LENOIR CITY, TN (April 2015)— The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Lenoir City is teaming up with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to help make sure first responders have the tools to save lives.

The Alzheimer’s memory care community is now an official enrollment site for the new Yellow DOT program. The campaign is designed to supply first responders with an individual’s medical information in the event of an emergency.  This information can mean the difference between life and death in the “Golden Hour” immediately following a serious crash.  “I am pleased that we have this opportunity to work beside the Tennessee Highway Patrol in introducing the Yellow DOT Program to the community,” says Sue Boling, executive director of The Lantern at Morning Pointe in Lenoir City.

Tennessee has over 1.5 million licensed drivers that are fifty-five years and older.  Approximately 7.4% of Tennessee’s senior drivers have been involved in some type of fatal or injury crash. According to TDOT, medical personnel can make the best decision regarding emergency treatment when they know a crash victim’s medical conditions, medications or medical allergies.

The new Yellow DOT program is simple to participate in and involves a recent photo and a few minutes of your time to fill out necessary medical information.

The Lantern at Morning Pointe is set to host a Lunch & Learn on April 23rd at noon on the new Yellow Dot program.  Sgt. Randall Martin from the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be on hand to discuss the life-saving program and how you sign up.  Call (865) 271-9966 to sign up for the free luncheon or go on line to learn more at www.tn.gov/tdot/yellowdot.

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, TN.-based senior healthcare services company, develops, owns and manages 24 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and The Lantern/Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states, including locations in Clinton, Athens and Greeneville. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.