The saying “it’s better to be safe than sorry” is true in more ways than one when it comes to our health, especially as we age. We try to eat well, get rest, and promptly address health issues such as the dangers of falling. According to the CDC, more than 3 million older people are treated by emergency services for fall injuries every year. Factors out of our control play into this. For example, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Aging and Vision loss fact sheet states that aging and vision loss can go hand-in-hand. Here is some of the information and facts from the AFB sheet regarding vision loss in the senior population:
According to a 2004 study by the National Eye Institute, the four most common age-related eye diseases (AREDs) are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.
Individuals with vision loss from AREDs usually have some usable vision, commonly described as low vision.
Common types of vision loss from AREDs are:
- Central vision loss (age-related macular degeneration)
- Side (peripheral) vision loss (glaucoma)
- Overall blurring, clouding of images, sensitivity to light, and decreased contrast (cataracts)
- Spotty field of vision (diabetic retinopathy)
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in the aging population and the leading cause of blindness among white persons. More than one in 10 white Americans over age 80 has vision loss from AMD (Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group, 2004).
Glaucoma and cataracts are the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. Older African Americans are twice as likely to have glaucoma as older whites (15% versus 7%), according to the Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group.
Annual eye exams are essential for preventing and/or delaying eye disease for those at higher risk, such as anyone over age 65; people with diabetes; anyone with a family history of glaucoma or AMD; and African Americans over age 40, who are at a higher risk than the general population for glaucoma (Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group, 2004).
Even if you consider yourself healthy, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to be prepared for the unexpected. Prepare yourself for the aftermath of a fall by making sure you have the proper system in place to get help fast.
Since precautions we take pertaining to our health not only have to be convenient, but also affordable, Next Monitoring has multiple subscription-based services that have your back in any situation.
In Home Fall Detector
In Home Fall Detector
Our In Home Fall Detector features a pendant that connects wirelessly to a base unit that is equipped to contact authorities whenever you find yourself in trouble at your home.
The device works through a landline, and has a two-way communication system that allows you to talk to a representative at any given time. It’s wearable as a necklace but can also be worn on the wrist to ensure easy accessibility.
There’s also automatic activation for this device. Should there be an emergency, such as a fire in your home, the detector is designed to sense it and send an alert to authorities.
If you’re someone who’s out and about rather than a homebody, we have a different product that’s more up your alley.
On The Go Alert
For those who like to be on your toes and get some fresh air, On The Go Alert is your kind of service/device. This mobile version of the In-Home Detector has a lot more flexibility for those who want to be out of the house and on-the-go.
According to the National Institute on Aging, exercising can decrease risk of numerous conditions such osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer, along with decreasing the chance of falling and having fall-related injuries. If you’re someone that’s older yet constantly active, having the On The Go medical alert device on your person can literally have your back in any situation.
There’s two-way communication, and a fall-detection version of the device, which can detect that you’ve fallen even without pressing the manual button. It will alert the authorities, as well.
Our GPS location tracking not only works without a landline, but it also works across the nation. You won’t ever have to worry about losing a connection, as the device is supported by cellular towers.
Translation services are also offered at a very low monthly price.
Though all of our services are priced differently, we do not charge for the equipment itself. There’s no charge for installation in certain areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, either. If you’re outside of those areas, we’ll send you the equipment ready to use, free of charge.
Our subscriptions can be monthly, quarterly and yearly, with a discount for the yearly subscription.
You can never be too prepared for the risks and complications that accompany health issues. Should you or your loved one suffer a fall, prompt attention and immediate assistance is available with a Next Monitoring medical alert device.