Medical alerts can enable seniors to contact emergency services with the press of a button. When the alert button is pressed, a monitoring company will be immediately notified to dispatch emergency responders. Although medical alert systems are usually associated with the senior community, they can be useful to anyone with medical issues, regardless of the user’s age. Medical alerts are especially useful for seniors who are at a higher risk of falling.
Furthermore, modern advances in technology offer additional upgrades, such as mobile GPS tracking. Medical alert systems enable seniors and users with diseases and disabilities to have the peace of mind which comes with knowing that help could only be moments away with the press of a button.
In 1990, the average age of Vermont’s residents was 33 years old, the same as the national average. Within the last century, the national median age has increased by four years to 37, while Vermont’s average age has increased by 10 years. Vermont’s population continues to age faster than the nation as a whole. The latest Census Bureau statistics report that Vermont’s average age rose to 42 years old in 2015. As a result, half of the residents now in the state are 42 years old and older. Today, 14,000 residents of the state are over 85 years of age. By 2030, it is estimated that the number will increase to 20,000.
The delayed emergency response times in Vermont are blamed on a host of issues, including distance to the nearest provider, obstruction of best routes, inclement weather conditions and traffic. Additionally, it is reported that the majority of ambulance services in Vermont are staffed by volunteers. As a result, emergency personnel usually respond to emergency calls from their workplaces, homes or other locations. At 23 minutes, Vermont has the second-longest average emergency response time in the nation.
Vermont leads the nation in its delivery of health care services, according to an unbiased study which compares each state in the nation. Vermont ranked in the top five across the board when 38 indicators of health care were compared. The Commonwealth Fund Commission also completed a study on each state’s health system performance, rating costs, quality and access to care. Overall, Vermont rated as one of the top states. Vermont nearly has universal healthcare—over 93 percent of its residents have health insurance. Vermont is also a pioneer in providing the innovative Blue Print for Health, which strives to focus on the prevention of chronic diseases.
The United States is an aging nation that is living longer, but with greater rates of diabetes, obesity and a multitude of other chronic diseases. This epidemic places focus on a rising health care crisis. America's Health Rankings Senior Report compared 34 measures including senior health, obesity, physical inactivity, self-reported health status, poverty, flu vaccinations, medication coverage and hospital re-admission rates. The data analyzed is provided from over a dozen private research groups and government agencies. Overall, Vermont ranks 2nd out of the 50 states.
Regardless of where a senior lives in Vermont, medical alert systems will help them to live confidently in their own homes. Harsh winters in Vermont often lead to an increased number of falls; however, medical alert systems can provide the added security that helps seniors live securely. Families should be proactive and not wait until a fall happens. Once received, medical alert systems can be set up in a matter of minutes. The alert button can be worn at all times, in and around the home.