Medical Alert Show & Tell, SF Explorers

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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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.

A pendant emergency call device is passed around the group for comment:

  • It is water resistant.
  • Battery life varies among types of devices 
  • Does it use a cell signal or can it be used on a home (land line) phone?
  • The fall alert may trigger a false alarm. 
  • If one is in bed and has a stroke - how does it activate? 


  • "It's not ugly."
  • "The feel - like a computer mouse."
  • Uses cell network.
  • "Simple to operate, easy to hold, long battery life (use overnight), and it is shower safe"


  • If no cell signal is present, it won't work. 
  • It is costly compared to an Apple watch.
  • The cord cover fabric may be quite uncomfortable when wet, and it makes the pendant cumbersome, "too big".

Lastly, a member of the group passes around a medical alert device in the form of a watch. He reports that the battery life is poor, probably due to the GPS-dependent health apps draining the battery. The ladies, in particular, found the watch to be too heavy.


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