Nowadays, more seniors are living independent lives. Medical alert services are highly beneficial in keeping a senior safe. If an emergency should occur, the senior simply pushes a button on the wearable pendant to be put in immediate contact with an operator who can dispatch emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Some medical alert pendants also feature fall detection. If a senior falls and is knocked unconscious, the pendant will automatically summon help. Pendants with GPS components are also available. They can help emergency personnel locate a senior who may have wandered off and become lost.
Phoenix remains one of the most popular retirement hot spots in the nation. The city of Phoenix boasts 1.4 million residents and the Phoenix metro area has 4.3 million. Within the city are 776 communities that provide independent living for seniors. Approximately 14.3 percent of the city’s growing population is made up of seniors. That number is expected to increase substantially as the baby boomers continue to reach retirement age—and as seniors flock to the region as the ideal place to retire.
Emergency response times in Phoenix have risen from 5 minutes 27 seconds to 6 minutes 18 seconds. The rise in time could be because of the city’s growing population. Redistricting also may alter response times. The nationwide average hovers at around six minutes, so the Phoenix response time remains acceptable when compared to other cities. However, in some areas of the city, the response time is closer to 10 minutes.
The Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix has been ranked the second-best hospital in the state. It is the is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the United States. The Mayo Clinic was ranked number one in the U.S. News & World Report. The hospital also scored a five-star rating by patients for superior service and care. Banner Health ended up scoring four stars.
Overall, the state of Arizona ranks number 29 for obesity. Namely, 28.9 percent of the residents are obese. This percentage is significantly less than in many states. Despite the high levels of obesity, only 10 percent of the residents suffer from diabetes. Seniors appear to be fitter here than in many other areas. This may be credited in part to the area’s year-round mild weather. Seniors can enjoy golfing, gardening, walking and other outdoor activities which lower the incidence of diabetes.
With baby boomers reaching retirement every year, the percentage of seniors living in Phoenix continues to increase substantially. Most of these seniors will choose to live an independent lifestyle for as long as they are physically able. Medical alert services provide a senior with peace of mind. Although medical alert services are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance companies, there are various scales of the service that can be tailored to fit just about anyone's budget. The system is highly beneficial as it puts a senior in immediate contact with a trained operator who can promptly evaluate the situation and dispatch first responders.