Medical alert systems help communities across the country

Kevin Magna

September 28, 2010

When an 83-year-old woman was sleeping in her bed, two men entered her home and attacked her. However, she was lucky enough to press the medical alert button on her bracelet and the police were at the house in minutes, according to

Likewise, a 76-year-old woman wasn't answering repeated phone calls to her residence and, when authorities arrived at the scene, they found that she was sick and disoriented, unable to rise from bed.

These stories are both related to home medical alert systems, which can help those who want to age in place safely and independently. The news source claims that they can be a boon for senior safety and for adult children who would otherwise worry about the welfare of their parents.

Falls can be the most common, dangerous event in a home. It is estimated that over 18,000 older adults in the United States died from injuries related to falls in 2007. In 2008, more than 2 million seniors were treated in the emergency room with these types of injuries.

Senior alert systems can be crucial for seniors who wish to age in their own home, because they can immediately alert family, friends or physicians if there is a sudden emergency.