Personal Emergency Response Systems are good for seniors living alone

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Q: I live alone. What happens if I fall? 

A: Year after year, survey results from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) conclude that 90% of seniors want to “age in place” in their own homes.

The popular sentiment is at odds with another statistic, however: falls in the home are a leading cause of injury and death to people over the age of 65.

So, can seniors safely age in place? Technology, human caregivers, or a combination of both may provide the answer.

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Brenda Lyle is a Certified Care Manager for One Senior Place, Greater Orlando.

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

One particularly familiar type of technology is the Personal Emergency Response System or “PERS.”

These home medical alert systems were developed in Germany in the early 1970s, with the vision of assisting elderly and disabled people that lived alone.

Since 1975, American versions of these devices have undergone numerous changes and continued to modernize.

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