Suppose you fell, but were fortunate that a close friend was visiting you when this happened. Within minutes, your friend called 911. A short time later, you were in the hospital emergency room. You were lucky, as your only injury was a sprained ankle. A few days later, you forgot all about it as you did not think it was serious.
However, when your children came for dinner on Sunday, they were very worried. They even suggested that you might be ready for an independent living facility with round-the-clock help. At least, they plea, get a medical alert system.
“What! Wear some junky jewelry to track my every move or leave my home, give up my friends and independence – you kids are nuts!”
That is what your response to your kids might sound like if this hypothetical really happened.
Nevertheless, look at the issue from their point of view:
- According to Logicmark, 35 million Americans are over 65 years of age. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) a federal agency say:
- One in three of this population will fall each year;
- Fifty percent of those ages 65 and over who fall need help getting up from the fall;
- The New England Journal of Medicine notes that if a person 65 or over falls and gets help within one hour 90 percent will continue to enjoy independent living;
- If help takes 12 hours to arrive the chances of recovery and a return to living alone decrease to only ten percent; and
- The Yale University School of Medicine did a study on falls of older adults. Their findings were that almost half of all older adults who fall and sustain a serious injury never have a complete recovery. A large number of these people find their way into nursing homes.
If you enjoy your independent living status, a medical alert system that is right for your lifestyle exists – even if you are on the go. Why jeopardize your beloved independence and worry your loved ones needlessly.
A discreet pendant or bracelet will not shackle you to your home and lessen your independence. Find out more about this important technology designed to help keep you independent.
Systems range from very simple, calling 911 when you need help to more complex with GPS technology so that the monitoring station can quickly find you and two-way voice communications. Units with GPS are especially beneficial to active seniors. If you fall or are in a car crash, push your button and help comes quickly.
All systems are waterproof so you can even shower wearing one. They have robust guarantees too.
So, tell your kids you will sign up so they stop badgering you, even though it is a relief for you to know how close by help is.