Medical Alerts for Seniors in Alaska

Medical Alerts for Seniors in Alaska

time icon 4 min read update icon Sept. 29, 2019


If you are seeking a way to quickly and efficiently summon help in the event of a fall or a medical emergency, then look no further than an in-home or mobile medical alert system. With a medical alert system, you wear a pendant to summon first responders. Some medical alert pendants even feature built-in fall detection alerts. If the pendant detects that you have fallen, then the pendant will call for help. Within the cities and rural areas of Alaska, a medical alert system can truly be a lifesaver. 

Population Density

Within Alaska, the senior population is growing but the younger generation remains the same, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In 2014, the senior population had reached 71,080 and continues to burgeon. Within the last decade, the senior population in the state expanded by 29 percent. In Alaska, seniors are also living longer. In 1980, the average survival age was 72 years but, today, it has grown to 78 years old, according to the Alaska Commission on Aging. 

Within Alaska, seniors continue to enjoy independent lives, with 72 percent continuing to live in the same home. Medical alert services are ideal for aging individuals who are living an independent lifestyle. 

Emergency Response Times

Many people mistakenly think that the emergency response times in Alaska would be poor because of the state’s sheer size, extreme weather and rural regions. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Alaska has top-of-the-line first responders to meet the needs of individuals within the state who live in fly-in zones only. There are twenty-eight emergency response facilities located around the state to meet emergency needs statewide. The Federal Indian Health Service also serves the Alaskan tribes. 

Anytime an emergency occurs, the response time is critical to the overall outcome. Although response times vary because of the state's size and weather, the average response time in Anchorage is 5.40 minutes, and it is about the same in Fairbanks.

Medical Care in Alaska

In a report by US News, it was found that Alaska has the worst health care access in the United States, but the state ranks number four for health care quality. The healthcare system and hospitals in the state have one of the lowest hospital readmissions rates and preventable admissions rate in the nation. Unfortunately, seniors often do not have sufficient access to affordable healthcare in the state. There is also a lack of primary care providers. 

Senior Health Rating in Alaska

According to the Alaska Commission on Aging, 94 percent of seniors within the state are seriously concerned about affordable health care availability. Seniors within Alaska face a low percentage of hospice care choices and diabetes management, according to a report by America’s Health Rankings. Within the state, there is also a very low prevalence of seniors with a dedicated healthcare provider. 

Senior health problems such as obesity and alcoholism push the state’s senior health rating to low. Alaska also has the most expensive health insurance in the nation due to its low population density. 

Other State Considerations

Many seniors mistakenly believe that they need to live in the heart of an urban setting to have medical alert services, but this is not the case. Many medical alert services are obtainable in remote, rural locations. Usually, all that is required is electricity in the home. 

No matter where you reside in the state, having a medical alert system provides invaluable peace of mind in knowing that you can quickly and efficiently summon first responders in the event of an emergency. 

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.