Choosing a high-tech alerting device
Look for waterproof gadgets that are easy to use, and companies that don't
require long-term contracts.
Medical alerting devices are effective tools for people who want to live independently and safely in their own homes. The wearable devices summon help immediately in a medical emergency, such as a bad fall, a stroke, or a heart attack. Unfortunately, the devices are underused. "Many older adults agree to use a device only after a medical emergency when they've been traumatized by the experience of being stuck in a bathtub, lying on the floor, or suffering from a cardiac or neurological event," says Barbara Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.