A medical alert system helps keep a senior safe in their home so they can continue to live an independent lifestyle. A senior wears a pendant with a small button. If an emergency should occur, the senior can simply push the button to summon emergency assistance. Some pendants have built-in fall detection and will automatically summon help any time that the pendant’s sensors alert it to a fall. Other medical pendants feature a built-in GPS system so if a senior becomes lost outside their home or disoriented, they can be located using the pendant.
There is a medical alert system to fit virtually every budget. Seniors can pick and choose the services that fit their own unique requirements.
New York City has the distinction of being the largest city in the United States. It has a population of 19,849,399, according to the U.S Census Bureau's 2017 report. The city is made up of five distinct boroughs, Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. All five of the city’s boroughs showed gains in population. Seniors over the age of 65 make up 15.4 percent of the population.
From 2005 to 2015, the senior population grew by 19.2 percent, Currently, the population of individuals over the age of 65 is expected to rise by 1.4 million by 2040 as baby boomers retire and more elderly people move to the area.
In a city the size of New York, first responders are faced with numerous obstacles such as traffic and congestion. However, despite the sheer size of the city, the response times remain within the acceptable range. When a life-threatening call is made for help, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) take an average of six minutes to arrive on the scene. A non-life-threatening call averages almost nine minutes for first responders to reach the scene and render aid.
The city council continues to work on solutions to decrease the wait time because in many circumstances, such as a cardiac arrest, six minutes is often too long. However, emergency response times have improved. In 2015, first responders took an average of nine minutes to arrive at the site of a life-threatening emergency.
New York City hospitals are considered some of the best in the nation. New York-Presbyterian, NYU Langone, and Mount Sinai continue to make it to the top of the list for best hospitals in the United States. New York-Presbyterian ranked number three for cardiology and heart surgery and number four for neurological and neurosurgery. Mount Sinai ranks number three in geriatrics and number nine in cardiology and heart surgery.
Memorial Sloan Kettering received the number two slot for best in cancer treatment and gynecology in the nation. The hospital also received a rank of number five in urology and number 20 in ear, nose, and throat. New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery received first place in the nation for orthopedics and third for rheumatology.
Nearly 20 percent of the city’s senior population lives in poverty, which has an effect on their overall physical and mental health. Approximately 24 percent of the city’s seniors are considered obese. The high rate of obesity has a direct relationship with the rate of diabetes. Approximately 22 percent of all seniors ages 65 and older suffer from diabetes. Cardiac problems remain the number one cause of death followed by cancer. The number of cancer deaths increases each year within the city, but this is due to the rising senior population.
As the baby boomers steadily reach retirement, the population of seniors will increase. Another factor in the growth of seniors in New York City is the fact that people are living longer than ever before. Throughout the city are numerous medical alert companies that serve seniors of all budget levels. Medical alert systems are currently not covered by Medicare or by most insurance companies, but on occasion, there are city and state programs that may provide assistance for low-income seniors.
During a medical emergency, every minute counts. With a medical alert system, a senior can quickly summon lifesaving help. The peace of mind provided by having a medical alert system is undeniable.