Though anyone can seriously injure themselves, falls can become increasingly more dangerous as you age. Even falls that don’t cause direct injury can be harmful to your physical or emotional health. According to the National Institutes of Health, over one-third of seniors over the age of 65 have suffered at least one fall per year. A quick response to falls and other medical emergencies can prevent long-term injuries and help to preserve your independence. Medical alarm monitoring helps protect you by providing rapid medical assistance when you’re alone and can further help you avert serious consequences if you do suffer a fall.
What Can Cause Falls?
Injuries sustained from a fall are a leading cause of death in adults aged 65 and over. In 2010, older adults accounted for over 2 million fall injuries seen in emergency departments, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As you age, changes in your hearing, sight, muscle strength, balance, and coordination can make you more susceptible to falls. In addition, many medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, hearing or vision loss, arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis can increase your risk of falling at home.
Why Are Falls Dangerous?
Injuries sustained from a fall can vary from less serious abrasions and contusions to severe trauma such as broken bones and head injuries. Even falls that are without injury can have a negative effect on a person’s health and well-being. After a fall, many seniors reduce their physical activity out of fear of a recurrent fall. Unfortunately, when mobility is limited, muscle strength and overall balance are prone to decrease — thus increasing the risk of future falls.
How Can Medical Alarm Monitoring Help?
A wireless medical alarm monitoring system has two components: a console and a pendant with a button that’s designed to be worn around your neck. If a fall or another health emergency occurs, you can either press the button on the pendant, or, if you’re close enough, you can hit the large button on the console. Pressing one of these buttons sends a call to a service agent who is available to contact emergency medical responders, as well as your designated emergency contacts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since medical alarm monitoring pendants are worn, rather than being carried around, they’re easy to use, and more reliable than a cell phone.
If you’re an adult over the age of 65, consider looking into a medical alarm monitoring system. Such devices may save you stress and anxiety for years to come.