Medical alert systems were designed to perform one essential task: to get help for people in need. The answering machine-sized device can be placed within the senior’s home and connect a senior to a monitoring center at the press of a button. Agents are trained to assess the call and contact first responders or family members in the event of an emergency. The system is reliable and will keep seniors connected and safely independent. For seniors who are active and need a sense of security while on the go, mobile GPS upgrades are also available.
Tulsa's population has remained stagnant for decades. It is estimated to have a population of 394,000, ranking it the 46th largest city in the United States. Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma, and according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, nearly nine percent of the population consists of baby boomers (seniors born following World War II, in 1946 through 1964). It is projected that by 2050, 20 percent of the population will be ages 65 and older. The bulk of this increase will occur by 2030, as the last of the large baby-boom population reaches age 65.
The city of Tulsa has proposed measures to decrease emergency response times for 911 calls. Data collected has shown that life-saving instruction, provided at the time of the 911 call, is a critical factor during an emergency. Tulsa’s paramedics previously had 8 minutes and 59 seconds to respond to a Priority One call. They now have about 10 minutes and 59 seconds to respond to critical situations, such as strokes and heart attacks.
Priority Two calls are non-life threatening emergencies, such as minor injuries, falls and broken limbs. Paramedics now have 24 minutes and 59 seconds to respond, and will no longer use ambulance lights or sirens during these calls.
U.S. News evaluated data on thousands of hospitals across the country in an effort to aid patients in choosing effective care. A facility must exceed all standards in its specialties to be ranked nationally. The facility must also surpass the set standards in caring for the most complex ailments. St. John Medical Center, a general medical and surgical facility, was the only facility in Tulsa that rated high performing in four adult procedures and conditions. St. John Medical Center also achieved the highest ranking possible in the four procedures of: cancer, kidney services, endovascular and surgical services.
Heart disease is the leading chronic condition in Tulsa. It is also the leading cause of death among all age groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tulsa experiences over 1,500 deaths a year as a result of heart disease. Alzheimer’s disease and the associated complications have also been on the rise. The disease has moved from the 10th place ranking to the 6th place ranking.
Although there are many benefits to calling 911 during an emergency, a senior may not always be able to speak, especially if the medical condition is heart or memory-related. Medical alert systems are often the most sensible choice. A button can be pressed, and help will soon be on the way.
According to a recent study, one out of five Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030. Baby boomers are rapidly reaching retirement, changing the face of the Tulsa community. As technology advances, the range of options for medical alerts has grown significantly. Systems may now be upgraded to include fall detection capabilities, health and well-being monitors, GPS, fitness trackers, movement sensors and more.