Families should consider protecting older parents with senior alert system

Alan Wu

May 6, 2011

While caregivers often oversee a parent's health, making long trips to a senior's home to check in, they are also sometimes in the midst of a very striking denial. Even when they may know better, it's easy to believe parents when they tell family that they're "fine." 

That was the case of Jane Gross, who recently shared her experience with her mother, Estelle, with The New York Times.

"My mother wasn’t going to burden me or my brother by explaining any of this, ask our assistance or even welcome it if offered," Gross writes. "All of these were problems she preferred to solve on her own."

This can often be a problem when it comes to senior safety, because families can't help older adults who refuse the help in the first place. Instead, experts suggest trying to come to a compromise.

A senior alert system can afford seniors the independence they need and the extra safety that families want. This easy-to-install device enables users to immediately send a medical alert if they require assistance.

It can be an especially important addition for older adults who are living alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one out of every three Americans age 65 and over fall each year. 

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