Summoning Help in an Emergency: Devices and Emerging Trends

By: the Editorial Team.  Updated: August 13, 2021.


UCBRC and Ashby Village cosponsor technology workshops open to members of either UCBRC or Ashby Village. Workshops provide guided, hands on practice. 



Your ability to summon help in an emergency is an important part of the safety net needed for aging in place. But what resources are available? In this talk, Dr. Richard Caro will address two important questions about medical alert technologies. If you need a medical alert device, how do you sift through competing claims and decide which product is right for you? Dr. Caro will describe a procedure to guide you to a product that is the best match to your specific life circumstance. With accelerating advances in “wearables”, and “voice-enabled assistants,” are there better options to conventional medical alert devices? Dr. Caro will provide an overview of emerging trends. The material in this talk is based on extensive hands-on testing by Tech-enhanced Life and the “Longevity Explorers,” a unique sharing, evaluation, and ideation community made up of older adults and their friends, families, and caregivers. The research is independent and objective, and is not directed or funded by any product vendors.



  • Presenter: Dr. Richard Caro   
  • October 29, 2019, 10 am - 12 noon 
  • UC Berkeley, University Hall, Room 150, 2199 Addison Street, Berkeley






Key words: 
medical alerts

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