Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Increasingly we see the two categories of Medical Alert Systems and Home Sensor Systems merging in the future. Our analyst team has done a lot of research on both of these categories.

In this series of discussions with older adults you can hear for yourself what they like and dislike about current products, and what their ideas about the ideal products are.



Hear what Older Adults Think: Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems

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.



VNA Personal Home Monitoring System @ Passavant

The Passavant Community Circle evaluated the VNA Personal Home Monitoring System: designed to independently manage health or chronic medical conditions at home, subscribe to services of a health coach for assistance.



Medical Alert Show & Tell, SF Explorers

Explorer Shirley shares a news article highlighting some of the problems making an emergency call via an e-call device. And the explorers handle and discuss a couple of new medical alerts.



CallToU Replaces Shouting for Help at Home

Explorer Don describes an in home call pendant system that sounds remotely when activated, saving the user from having to shout loudly in an effort to alert a helper.



SRC Explorers Assess a New Medical Alert Device

The group is introduced to a MobileHelp medical alert device designed as a wristwatch.



Medical Alert Smartwatches @ SFV

The SF Longevity Explorer group is shown several versions of medical alert devices in the form of smartwatches.



Explorer Withdraws His Endorsement of a Medical Alert System

Explorer John no longer likes the LifeStation Medical Alert system due to his annoyance with a malfunctioning component.



This PERS Outperforms My Former Favorite

Explorer John gives his high opinion of his latest personal emergency response system.



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.



Why would you want a Medical Alert Device? Explorers discuss

If using a medical alert device is not for everyone, then what type of person is most likely to want one?



Emergency Alert Apps for Smartphones

EVC Explorers are introduced to the idea of using a smartphone app to summon help in an emergency.



More on emergency alerts @ EVC

Eskaton Village Carmichael Explorers review and handle a variety of personal emergency alert devices which are being studied by Tech-enhanced Life.



Emergency Alerts discussed @ SF Village

The SF Village explorer group is introduced to a variety of personal emergency response systems (PERS) which have different qualities and capabilities.



Choosing the Right Emergency Call Device

The Explorer circle examines and discusses a variety of emergency call devices with the purpose of selecting the ones that best meet their individual needs.



Reasons for Having an Emergency Alert Device

Explorers discuss the reasons why one might want an emergency response pendant.



PERS hands-on @ SSF

Longevity Explorers at Sequoias, San Francisco have the opportunity to handle and discuss several types of emergency call devices now on the market.



PERS hands-on @ EVC

Eskaton Explorers view, handle, and discuss a variety of personal emergency response systems (PERS) now available in the marketplace.



How can I get help in an emergency?

Explorer Kai is seeking a simple device to summon help in an emergency.



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 Alerts & Home Sensor 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 Alerts & Home Sensor 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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