It certainly started with COVID-19 and the quarantine, but also just general travel restrictions, both encourage (stay home) and structual (not many flights) have kept people away from aging parents and increased their worries. The protests and riots have made it more difficult to travel in and through some cities. These are chief reasons why Gen X citizens are searching for and finding medical alert systems in droves: to help give them peace of mind that mom and dad are okay.
Not to mention, COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting seniors, not just with infections but with mortality, it’s easy to see why many are hustling to create an answer for their aging loved ones, as well as doing their shopping online for them to keep them from going to the store.
Medical alerts were made famous in the early 90s by a Life Alert commercial with the famous line: I’ve fallen and I can’t get up! Many have entered the scene since, such as Lifeline, Bay Alarm Medical, One Call, and of coure Life Alert.
It’s smart to get one for a loved one a bracelet or pendant or something in these uncertain times, where their health is more at risk than any other time. iWatches even have a medical alert component to them, though they do not work well for fall detection.
Here is a handy comparison for Life Alert costs vs other companies.
The thing to remember most is that these devices are usually for the childredn of the wearer to have peace of mind 99% of the time. The 1% of the time when there is a fall or another medical issue, then of course the device is for the wearer. The point is that often it is the children and grandchilren of the wearer that are pushing this on the senior. It is likewise often no fun to have this forced on you or to admit you are to the point where you need one.
So be sensitive to what they are going through. There are even systems that are home-bound only that you do not have to wear that are voice activated, so there is never anything to wear, just a system in the house like an Alexa or a radio.
These are different times and scary times. It always makes sense to keep your aging loved ones safe. It is a touch conversation, but it is an important one to have.