If a senior is concerned about their health, then a medical alert device or medical alert system could prove life-altering. Many present-day trackers can be paired with a smartphone, app or response center for immediate help. Growing forgetful can be scary, but it should not jeopardize the safety and overall well-being of an older adult. Investing in trackers is as easy as buying an equipped bracelet or insert for a sneaker and paying a small monthly fee.
Nashville, Tennessee is quickly becoming a booming hotspot for retirees and older adults looking to enjoy a little Southern charm. Greater Tennessee saw a 2.3 percent increase in seniors over the past five years alone, with Nashville making up a great deal of that increase. There are just over one million senior citizens statewide, with the Nashville-Davidson area accounting for seven percent of that demographic, or approximately 75,000 folks. That said, Music City is expected to double that population cohort by 2050.
Nashville boasts below national average wait times for emergency response care. Overall, the state of Tennessee ranks 12th overall for wait times at only 17 minutes. If a senior incurs a broken bone, they should anticipate only waiting 47 additional minutes for care. If a longer stay is needed, transfer time to a long-term care room is just 81 minutes. When a senior is ready to transition back home, however, they might have to spend over two hours getting ready to leave.
In order to decrease the time from door to door, a senior should consider investing in a tracking system or medical alert device tied to a response center. Most of the wait times in the Nashville-Davidson area are due to long travel times, which range between nine to 17 minutes just to go some eight miles! With traffic at a near standstill during times of congestion, a senior may want to wear a trackable device that also features medical file storage, so that paramedics can begin treatment sooner.
Nashville has three nationally ranked hospitals, as reviewed by the U.S. News and World Report. One is the medical center at Vanderbilt University. This institution of higher learning also comes replete with a high performing score in adult geriatrics, with seven top-ranking specialties and nine procedures that are world-renowned. These include hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries, as well as bypass and other heart-related operations. Of note, older persons face excellent survival rates when in the care of Vanderbilt professionals. The report scores the 30-day survival rate as above average, with patient safety coming in with top marks on account of the facility’s ability to attract top talent in nursing and patient service personnel.
Music City is carefully monitoring the state of its aging populace as it anticipates a considerable increase by 2050. At the moment, those aged 65 and older can anticipate a relatively low cost of living, as the area is ranked fifth nationally for expenses just behind Florida, South Dakota, Alabama and Wyoming. Quality of living and health care did not fare so well, though, on account of the limited amount of housing for those aging persons, as well as the minimal infrastructure dedicated to those who are looking to retire to the city.
Tennessee and Nashville both offer the standard food, meal and transportation programs, but not much in the way of socialization initiatives or programs to keep elders aging in place longer. Sadly, there are also very few programs dedicated to educating older persons on their health.
While the senior population makes up just seven percent of Nashville’s total population at the moment, that demographic is anticipated to balloon to 15 percent by 2050. Despite outstanding care already on offer at some of the nation’s leading hospitals and long-term care facilities, the city anticipates further stress and strain on an already shaky system dedicated to the aging. Unfortunately, many seniors will have to invest in their own medical alert systems and devices. With Alzheimer’s being one of the leading causes of death in the state and city, older adults may want to consider alerts that have tracking capacity, GPS or cell phone applications.