Aging is a golden phase in our life that’s sums up our life span. One gets to just relax and watch as life proceeds on, stress free. Pensions are coming your way, you probably have your kids all grown up now continuing your legacy. They are at your beck and call, ready to look after you. You feel loved and cared for.
But then getting old at times comes with a price. Your body is also letting go, getting worn out. You used to do 5 km every morning before you left for work, now you can just manage a mere 1 km which you still find hard to cope with on daily basis. So it does happen that your bones are always aching every inch of your body with the slightest movement. You’ve made various visits to the physician who keeps subscribing you painkillers now and then. So what next?
Osteoporosis is a common illness among the elderly, especially when they hit half a century mark. Probably you may have heard the doctor mumbling it but you were not bothered anyway by it. (Losing interest in finer details as you grow old is normal).
Osteoporosis is a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. Bones that commonly break include the back bones, the bones of the forearm, and the hip. Until a broken bone occurs there are typically no symptoms. Bones may weaken to such a degree that a break may occur with minor stress or spontaneously. Chronic pain and a decreased ability to carry out normal activities may occur following a broken bone. They become so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.
During childhood, bones grow and repair very quickly, but this process slows as you get older. Bones stop growing in length between the ages of 16 and 18, but continue to increase in density until you’re in your late 20s. You gradually start to lose bone density from about 35 years of age. Losing bone is a normal part of the ageing process, but for some people it can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures.
- 4% of men aged 50 years and above have been diagnosed with osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine
- 16% of women, 50 years of age and above, have osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine.
- Osteoporosis is common among elderly people.
- It makes your bones very fragile and brittle.
- Just a minor fall can be fatal, even twisting you ankle while climbing the stairs.
- People with Osteoporosis need keen and constant attention at all times.
But here’s the catch;
- You live miles away from where you elderly loved ones stays.(Probably a 5-hours’ drive)
- You have work, school and your own family to look after.
- Your elderly loved one is not willing to stay at the nursing homes, prefers his/her own home.
- Getting a house help to look after him/her is pretty expensive.
- Bringing him/her to your home is definitely not an option.
Dilemma right? Not sure how to solve this issue? Medical alert systems offer an alternative if not a solution to your problem at hand. Medical alert systems are more of a GPS tracker plus a mobile phone intertwined together to give you a device that offers a solution to your problem.
A medical detection alert system consists of an in-home respond system that is connected over the landline telephone used in the house. A push button is worn as a pendant either around the neck or the wrist depending on the client’s preference.
So in case of a fall or any other emergency, one just presses the push button on the pendant. It automatically send signal to the respond system in the house. This in turn connects to the monitoring station acting as a mini cordless phone, enabling the user to answer the phone and speak directly through the speaker phone on the pendant. This way, he/she can report his situation and gets the appropriate response from the monitoring station.
Now you do not have to worry yourself sick about the state of you loved one, always calling him now and then to know if he’s okay. Medical alert systems got you covered. You can now let him retire and relax in peace. That is all he needs.
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