Aging is not for the weak, that’s for sure.Â Besides having aches and pains, the body starts having more and more problems the older you get. Family and friends may start to worry about these individuals living alone for several different reasons. It is great to consider their perspective since they are only trying to do what is best. Here are some of the most common reasons that people are concerned with elderly individuals living alone and why they should be concerned as well.
The older the body is the more brittle the bones become and falling can be fatal. You don’t have to actually be in your eighties or nineties to have a high risk of breaking bones. Many adults begin adulthood with less dense bones because of the lack of calcium consumed during the teen years. Falling really can be fatal for anyone.
The risks for having a stroke or heart attack also increase with age. Also, everyone knows that the memory starts to decline during midlife and stays on a downward spiral. Forgetting where objects are placed is one thing, but dementia can start to set in and confusion can occur. All of these can give cause to worry, especially because accidents can happen so easily. Even to those who are in great shape for their age, there is still concern that something could happen with no help immediately available.
Getting a medical alert system can provide peace of mind for everyone involved. The person using the system can maintain an independent lifestyle while friends, family, and physicians can rest assured that the person is able to get help when needed. By simply activating the alert, help can arrive quickly in case of an emergency.
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One worry that many people have expressed is wearing something that stands out and is big and bulky. Medical alert bracelets, pendants, and necklaces have come a long way in the last few years becoming more stylish and less obvious.
A false conception that may worry some people as well is having an ambulance or police car show up at their house if they accidentally push the button. Only a little bit of research will tell you that most companies will call you first before sending any emergency responders. In fact, pushing it can actually be a great test to make sure that everything is working correctly.
A lot of times using a medical alarm system can be a great middle ground between adult kids and their parents when independent living is in question. There is a lot of information available so just do some research and decide if this path is the right one for you.
Author Bio: Amy Trenton is a marketing representative of Rescue Alert, a manufacturer of medical alert bracelets and other medical alert systems. Amy enjoys providing tips for the elderly and their caretakers.