Caregiver Concerns: Medical Alert Devices

Have you considered a medical alert device for you or a loved one? Below, Seabury welcomes guest blogger Becca Dennis from Consumer Affairs to share their recent research on medical alert devices.

There are more than 12 million seniors living alone in the U.S. today, and that number’s not likely to get smaller. According to the AARP, nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. Problem is, living alone is full of challenges. According to the CDC, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, and one in every five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma.

Medical alert devices can help seniors remain independent, but talking to your elderly relative about wearing a medical alert device can be a difficult conversation. To help make it easier, ConsumerAffairs went through thousands of reviews to find stories of children helping their elderly parents overcome their reluctance to wear a medical alert device.

How to talk to your elderly parent about getting a medical alert device from ConsumerAffairs on Vimeo.

From time-to-time Seabury has guest bloggers post on our site. Although we welcome their thoughtful contributions, the views, opinions, and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and do not represent those of Seabury Resources for Aging. The copyright of this content belongs to the author and any liability with regards to errors, omissions, representations, or infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

 

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