Medical alert systems have been the solution for many seniors who desire to have an added layer of protection. They allow seniors to call for help with the push of an alert button. When a senior has a medical alert device, help is always at hand. Most systems can be customized to suit all needs and budgets. Additionally, many systems can be purchased with no contracts. Medical alert systems are the perfect option to give seniors the security and peace of mind to know that help is only a button-press away.
Denver is the capital of Colorado, and is state’s largest city. In 2016, the city’s population was estimated to be 600,000. In 1990, it was estimated that 10 percent of the city’s population was age 60 or older. By 2014, the senior population increased to nearly 20 percent, and by 2040, it is estimated that more than 24 percent of the city’s population will be aged 60 or older.
Denver’s senior population is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country. The stereotype that seniors only retire to warmer climates, such as Florida and Arizona, is no longer true. Denver’s senior population reflects a generational preference of seniors choosing to retire in the mountains, due to the opportunities the outdoors offer.
Denver’s emergency medical response services have not met the national standards for nearly four years. The city also does not meet the standard time response targets for providing advanced and basic life support to those in need. It is crucial for cardiac arrest and extreme-trauma victims to receive emergency response within six and a half minutes of alerting 911. Unfortunately, the city is out of compliance by only meeting that standard 83 percent of the time.
The target response time to provide advanced life support requires that emergency response personnel arrive on the scene within ten and a half minutes of alerting 911. Unfortunately, the city meets that standard only 77 percent of the time. The city requires that those who need advanced life support have emergency personnel assigned in an ambulance within two minutes, 95 percent of the time. Unfortunately, the city only meets that goal at a rate of 11 percent.
The Colorado Hospital Association rates more than 100 hospitals and health systems in Colorado. The facilities are rated on their general and specialty services. Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, a general medical and surgical facility, was nationally ranked in two adult specialties and received high marks in performing seven procedures and five adult specialties. Rose Medical Center, also a general medical and surgical facility, was nationally ranked in one adult specialty and received high performing marks in four adult specialties and five conditions and procedures.
The diseases that are prominent in Denver are cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The medical costs for managing and treating these diseases represent three-quarters of the state’s rising health care expenditures. Despite the impacts of rising costs, many Coloradans remain unaware of their risks. Awareness, maintaining a healthy diet, being physically active, quitting smoking, and regularly visiting a health care provider can help lower the risks. A medical alert system allows seniors to remain active. Many systems can be upgraded to include mobile capabilities for use inside and outside of the home.
Denver’s aging population will have a profound impact on the city over the next 20 years, according to a new report commissioned by state officials. Additionally, health care and other senior services rates are expected to dramatically increase. Medical alert systems can be utilized as a means of providing reassurance to seniors in Denver. The systems have a mountable base, and also include a device or pendant that can be worn securely, allowing the senior to call for help during an emergency. Some systems can be upgraded to monitor movement, detect falls, and screen activity and vital signs.