This is not a new acronym but deserves repeating because it can be lifesaving. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” and is routinely used by rescue workers, police, or doctors to reach the people you would want to be contacted if you’re in an accident or other emergency.

Emergency and medical professionals struggle when a patient cannot speak and provide vital information. The two places they look is in your wallet and on your phone. Keep a list on a credit card size card in your wallet that is clearly marked: In Case of Emergency.

The other location is simple. Enter a contact in your smart phone as ICE. This is universally used as the identifier of who you want to be contacted in case of emergency.

On both the wallet card and in your ICE phone contact, list:

  • Your name, date of birth, and drug allergies
  • Names and phone numbers of your emergency contacts
  • Primary care physician who has your medical records
  • Hospital of choice

Naturally, you’ll need to supply your emergency contacts with enough information about you that they can make decisions for you as you would make for yourself. That will take more time, and planning.

Most important is put ICE in your phone and in your wallet!!!!

Then, include your emergency contacts in your life plan and your wishes for care. Visit for more information on how to put a plan in place that will truly allow you to age your way.

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