Look around your home. Do you see things that were handed down for generations or that have convincing family stories attached describing the item as “being worth a fortune?”

Now is the perfect chance to know for sure. And who knows, maybe those stories are accurate after all and you are sitting on a gold mine.

Gather up your valuables and bring them to Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono for the Antique Appraisal Show, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28. All proceeds will benefit Rosscare’s emergency response help button program. The fee for appraisal is $10 for one item, $18 for two items, and $25 for three items.

Bruce A. Buxton, a licensed qualified appraiser, known for his entertaining and lively style will look at the items and alert the owners to the value. Buxton and his staff will not buy or sell any items at the event, guaranteeing an unbiased assessment of the antiques.

Do you have Grandma’s pearls or your mother’s engagement ring? Jewelry appraiser Beth Turner from Damariscotta will on hand as well. Gold is at an all-time high so sift through your jewelry box. You may have hidden treasure.

It is always a bonus when your money can do double duty. You’ll get an accurate appraisal of your finest items and Rosscare earns much needed funds for their emergency response button program.

And this little button is like having a continually alert roommate who can call for help anytime day or night should you get in trouble but who doesn’t hog the TV remote or leave the milk out. These small buttons provide immediate response in an emergency, friendly support, and a sense of security, literally at the touch of a button.

“For seniors, this is one of the best ways to remain safe in their own homes,” said Amy Cotton, director of operations and nurse practitioner at Rosscare. “It is so important that they have access to medical professionals literally at the touch of a button. The sooner someone receives help in an emergency the better. This program provides services to more than 800 elderly and persons with disabilities in the community, and we are so proud to be a core reason that they are able to be independent.”

Subscribers receive a small, waterproof, battery-operated call button roughly the size of a half-dollar and a base unit, about the size of a half loaf of bread, which hooks into a phone line. The response center returns calls through this unit, which acts as a speakerphone. Subscribers must fill out a contact sheet with their address, including clear, accurate directions, and the names of people willing to be called in case help is needed, emergency or otherwise.

The operators answering the calls are well-trained in elder issues including Alzheimer’s disease and high-nxiety situations. The response center is equipped to handle all of these scenarios. They can alert police, a person on the contact sheet, or an ambulance, depending on the need. Average response time is less than forty seconds.

The button can also be used to answer incoming phone calls which is a safety feature because it eliminates the perceived need to race to the phone when it starts ringing. Many seniors fall while dashing for the phone.

“The emergency response buttons give loved ones peace of mind knowing that help can arrive quickly if needed,” said Cotton. “I think of the program a gift that older community members can give their adult kids – the true professional worriers of today.”

For more information about the Antique Appraisal Show, call Steve Bowler, 866-3400 or Healthcare Charities at 973-5055.

For more information on the emergency response button, call 973-7094.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Email Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, email info@eaaa.org or visit http://www.EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.