Medical alert systems can serve as one of the most important and affordable assets a senior can have. In years past, a medical alert system was considered a luxury that many seniors could not afford, however, there is a wide range of affordable systems to choose from today. Systems with fall detection can immediately detect if a senior falls and send emergency assistance. Other systems may also be equipped with GPS and mobile capabilities, allowing seniors travel beyond their homes knowing that help will be on the way if an emergency should occur.
Kansas’ population of 2.91 million is projected to increase by more than 600,000 residents, to 3.5 million. Though this population growth is significant, the growth is slower than that of the country as a whole. The Center for Economic Development and Business Research conducted a study and concluded that in less than 20 years, the senior population of those 65 and older will outnumber the population of those younger than 18. The population of seniors 65 and over in Kansas is expected to double within the next 50 years—outnumbering children for the first time.
Kansas lags behind the national average in emergency response times. State officials have acknowledged they are not where they should be, however, they are working diligently to decrease their response times and are already seeing improvements. The emergency response time goal is to arrive within nine minutes or less 90 percent of the time. Last month, the goal was met only 80 percent of the time.
Steps taken to improve the response times include the utilization of more basic life support ambulances to respond to non-emergency calls, freeing up resources needed to take care of other emergency issues.
Every state in the nation was ranked on their medical care using three broad standards: access to medical care, quality of medical care received and the overall health of residents of that state. Also taken into consideration were the percentage of adults without health insurance, and the percentage of adults who failed to have a routine checkup within the past year, as well as those who failed to seek medical attention due to the costs. Kansas ranked 30th in overall medical care and the state ranked 24th in medical care quality.
A comprehensive analysis completed by America’s Health Rankings Senior Report analyzed Kansas’ senior population health on a national basis. The goal of the study was to provide an accurate point of reference for each state’s senior health. Thirty-five factors were measured on a state-by-state basis, and trends were monitored over time. Kansas’ rankings across the board for seniors were “very good” or “excellent” health. Unfortunately, Kansas did experience an increase in obesity.
Regardless of where a senior may live in Kansas, a medical alert system offers reliable, practical and convenient solutions, as well as an added layer of protection. Whether a senior is seeking peace of mind or utilizes medical alerts upon recommendation of a healthcare professional, a medical alert button offers a solution to help keep seniors in their homes and independent for as long as possible. If an emergency should occur, help will always be a button press away.
Although Kansas’ population growth has slowed, the senior population is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. A medical alert system can provide the link to independence that a senior needs.