Medical Alert Systems:  Explorer Discussions

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

As part of our research into Medical Alert Systems, captured in our Guide to Medical Alerts, we have spent a lot of time talking with older adults of many types, including our Longevity Explorers, about what they do and do not like about current medical alerts.

As our explorations continued, it became clear to us that a much greater number of older adults would want and purchase a medical alert, .......  if only they were designed a bit differently!

We are keen to help make that happen, and some of the discussions below are a good place for innovators to start thinking about "better medical alerts".



Listen to the audio recordings

Explorer Recommends Lock Box to Save Your Door

Explorer Geri shares the idea that people who have some type of emergency alert should have a lock box with a house entry door key, so first responders can gain entry in an emergency without kicking in the door.



Brainstorming: Emergency Alert Pendants

Circle members participate in a lively discussion of 'what works and what doesn't' about their emergency call pendants. Numerous design flaws were identified, including: too large, not comfortable to wear, no voice communication channel, some 'dead zones' - even on campus. Seemingly, more would wear them with an enhanced sense of safety if some of their design ideas were adopted.



More Reactions: Lively Wearable Medical Alert

The group scrutinizes the Lively Great Call emergency call system, an iteration which incorporates several upgrades to its previous models.



Jitterbug Smart Phone: Explorer Shares

Explorer John brought his Jitterbug Smart smartphone to share with explorer circle.



Lively Wearable Medical Alert: First Impressions

The SF Village Longevity Explorer circle plays with and discusses a new product from GreatCall: the Lively wearable activity tracker and medical alert system.



SequiasSF explorers check out the Lively Wearable

At our last circle, this group of explorers were interested in the new Lively Wearable device. This month, we brought one along, and the explorers tried it out, and discussed it features and positives and negatives.



This Explorer Likes the Jitterbug: Medical Alert and Phone

Explorer Brenda reports that although she doesn't have a smartphone, she has a robust medical alert function on her Jitterbug phone, and really likes it.



New Lively Alert Looks Promising

Several explorers have asked about the new Lively Medical Alert just introduced by GreatCall. We all discuss why it looks promising and agree we need to try it out.



Professional Responder vs Friends & Family @ SRC

Do we want a professional responder to answer our medical alert call buttons (for a monthly fee) or do we want them to ring our friends and family (no monthly fee)?



Different Medical Alert Form Factors @ Comm Club

The group asks questions and offers comments about the variety of medical alert systems available from 'Dick Tracy' two-way voice communication to silent call buttons which summon help.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Medical Alert Systems is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Medical Alert Systems, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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