“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.”
Because those commercials from several decades ago became a pop culture punchline, older adults don’t always embrace traditional medical alert devices.
But the danger of falling is no joke. More than one out of four older people fall each year, according to the CDC.
Seniors need a way to call for help in case of an emergency when no phone is available.
What if a less conspicuous option offered the same access to emergency services, as well as features giving seniors greater control over their health and well-being?
Today, a smartwatch for seniors can give older adults and their family members important health data in real time and welcome peace of mind.
Smartwatches Can Support Medical Alerts and Emergency Calls
Devices capable of sending medical alerts can literally be lifesavers for anyone who lives alone with a health concern or takes medication that puts them at risk of a serious fall.
But traditional devices—usually a button worn on a neck lanyard—can be unsightly and uncomfortable. And seniors often see such devices as ongoing, unwelcome reminders of their increasing age and fragility when they’re still active in their neighborhood or senior living community.
For these reasons, smartwatches for seniors can be a better option.
They look and work like the smartwatches and fitness trackers people of all ages wear. They’re less obvious and intrusive than devices worn around the neck.
And they’re growing in popularity. With more seniors aging in place, the medical alert wearable market will increase to $9.6 billion by 2025, research indicates.
Smartwatches and other wearable devices support older adults’ ability to live independently, confident they can make an emergency call from anywhere, any time.
Additional Features for Today’s Seniors’ Safe and Active Lifestyle
The best medical alert devices boast additional features making them total health watches for seniors.
These features often include:
- Heart rate monitor to identify potential problems requiring fast medical intervention.
- Pedometer to record such health data as steps taken and calories burned, and to set new physical activity goals.
- GPS location services, making it easy for emergency personnel to rapidly reach a senior in case of an emergency.
- Water resistant devices let seniors call for help even while bathing or swimming.
- Two-way communication with a trained operator at the touch of a button means help is never farther away than an older adult’s wrist.
- Integration with other smart devices that provide medication and appointment reminders helps seniors stay on top of daily health routines.
The ideal smartwatch for seniors offers such features in a simple, stylish device that’s easy-to-use. It gives older adults flexibility and freedom for living safely and actively in their own home or senior living community.
Questions to Help You Choose the Right Watch for Seniors
The growing medical alert device market means you have many options. As you compare different devices to find the one that best suits your loved one, consider these questions:
- Is the device comfortable, or heavy and intrusive?
- How do emergency alert services work? Who answers the calls?
- What is the device’s range? Is there a base unit, and how far away from it will the device work?
- How long is the device’s battery life? How is it charged?
- Will the device work in only a specific geographic area?
- Does setup require downloading extra software or updates?
- How loud is the speaker?
- Is the screen easy to read?
- Can family members and other emergency contacts connect to the device? How?
- Is health data and other information stored on the device secure?
Choose the WellBe® Smartwatch for Extra Peace of Mind
The WellBe Smartwatch offers all the key features you want in a smartwatch for seniors. There’s no need to download additional apps or share personal information with multiple companies. Everything is simple, secure, and ready to use.
The watch stores health data on a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring complete privacy. And when paired with the voice-activated WellBe Smart Speaker, it lets seniors easily:
- Monitor their physical activity and health data.
- Get the reminders they need to stay on track with health providers’ instructions.
- Communicate with friends, family, and emergency contacts.
The WellBe Smartwatch and smart speaker can also integrate with a mobile app. Family members or other caregivers can use this app to stay up-to-date on their loved one’s well-being.
If you want extra peace of mind about your loved one’s safety and well-being, shop for a WellBe Smartwatch today.
Would you like more information and guidance as you navigate the journey of caring for older adults? Download HandsFree Health’s complimentary guide, Caring for Aging Parents 101.