August is National Medic Alert Month!
Medical alert devices have been around for decades. Invented in the 1970s these devices have only been growing in popularity. Their necessity has become more apparent as their history of saving lives and helping in tough situations has grown.
They are wonderful little devices that actually save lives. Medical alert devices send out a signal to alert workers in case of an emergency. If a person falls or thinks they are having a heart attack or stroke, they only need to push a button and the device sends out an alert to notify emergency services and get them the help they need. Some of the devices now allow for GPS tracking as well, so if a person is a wanderer, adventurer, or has dementia and wanders away, they can be located using the device as long as they have it with them.
Medical alert devices come in different shapes and sizes like bracelets or necklaces. They are easy to wear and they do not cause discomfort. Some are even customizable to make them look like everyday gear so they do not draw unwanted attention from others. They can be as discreet as necessary for the comfort and dignity of the subscriber.
Medical alert devices can be used by anyone at any age. They are used mostly by seniors who live at home. Medical alert devices give seniors (and their loved ones) a greater sense of safety when they are living alone. They can also be used by anyone who has any medical condition from autism to seizures to diabetes to heart disease. They can be used by anyone who may want a little added safety measure in their lives.