Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems:  Explorer Discussions

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

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.



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.



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.



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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