There's so much wearable technology available right now it’s enough to make your head spin if you don’t know what you’re looking for, even for someone who’s knowledgeable. For many, the various capabilities the newest sports watches have are more than enough — text messaging, answering phone calls, even GPS. But what wearable technology is best-suited for the safety of our seniors? Here’s a compilation of what is available and how to put it to use.
Medical Alert Systems
The most commonly worn device by seniors are the easy medical alert systems that allow for independent living. Most of them are wearable as a pendant, and you press a button on if you fall or need help.
The biggest downfall to these? What if you fall and panic, or pass out? These systems are made with technology in place in case the wearer isn’t able to press a button if help is needed or unconscious. A few can detect sudden movements and falls and will automatically call the company’s emergency dispatcher to check in.
Another wearable is the Medical Guardian, which allows users to move farther away from the console than in the past (you can move up to 1,300 feet now). The device is small and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or even placed on a belt or clipped to a pocket to keep it barely visible. This version can use a cellular phone line instead of a land-line if necessary, an important improvement from the past, and also can detect extreme temperatures and call 911 in the case of a fire.
LifeFone is in this same category with a significantly smaller moving distance (480 feet), and the base model allows up to 1,000 feet. The company provides large self-help buttons that can be placed in dangerous areas where falls are likely, and you can answer your phone using the pendant which makes it an excellent candidate for daily use.
Lastly, Bay Alarm Medical is very similar but offers additional services— fall detection, carbon monoxide detection, smoke detection, a GPS enabled button for protection when you’re not home, and works with cell phones.
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