Learning Module: About Medical Alert Systems

Medical Alert System Explanations and Learning Module


Medical Alert Systems are conceptually simple. You press a button and help comes.


But when it comes down to choosing one, it turns out there are quite a few subtleties that one needs to take into account to be sure of choosing the best medical alert for a given person.

Our companion Selection Tool is designed to help make an actual product choice. But to use it well, you really need to know which types of features you actually want.

This Learning Module contains several different pieces of content designed for people with different levels of familiarity with the topic of personal emergency response systems.



Tutorial: The Basics



Lecture & Workshops

When we first developed this medical alert learning module we created a rather detailed online workshop.

However, we have found people prefer either:

  • (a) an actual hands-on, face-to-face workshop; or
  • (b) a lecture they can watch at their convenience.

If you represent a group that wants either a face-to-face workshop or an in-person lecture, feel free to reach out and explore the possibilities.

  • Contact us to explore a workshop or lecture to your community.


Recorded Lecture

For most readers, a recording of a lecture (with slides) is a great way to get an overview of the medical alert system topic.

We have recorded lectures (audio plus slides) of Dr. Richard Caro presenting to one of the Chicago "Villages" on: Summoning Help in an Emergency: Devices; Emerging Trends; and to the Washington DC Villages on "How to Choose a Medical Alert System".

If you would like to watch these lecture (it's free), follow the link below.

  • View Dr Caro's Lectures: on How to Choose a Medical Alert, and some emerging products for "Summoning Help in Emergency".



Return to the Guide: Medical Alert Systems

Click on the button below to return to the main page summarizing our research results on medical alert systems.

Medical Alert Systems: Selection Guide






The Medical Alert Email Series & Lecture

Get our series of bite-sized, email insights on medical alerts: 

  • It starts with a recorded overview lecture by Dr. Caro; and
  • Continues with specific advice on how to find the right medical alert product for your life situation.
  • You will also get Tech-enhanced Life's (monthly) newsletter.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Get "Medical Alert" email series (free).




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We are currently raising contributions from those who find our work valuable to complete some new research initiatives, all targeted at helping older adults live better for longer. And we are always looking for contributions of ideas about what to work on, or help executing some of our projects.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2021.