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"For elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is a common event which usually marks the end of their ability to live independently."
- The New England Journal of Medicine - June, 1996
From various research studies and medical journal reports:
Ø After the age of 65 there is only a 50% chance of someone being able to get up after a fall.
Ø Each year more than one third of all community-dwelling elderly will experience a fall.
Ø With advancing age, not only does the number of falls climb, but the number of falls with injuries increases as well.
Ø One study found that falls were a major reason for 40% of nursing home admissions.
Ø Falls are the number one cause of accidental death for persons over the age of 65.
Ø More than 90% of all hip fractures result from a fall.
Ø Patients who suffer a hip fracture often do not return to their previous level of functioning, and their debility places them at risk for institutionalization.
Ø Millions of senior citizens living at home with multiple chronic conditions can benefit from immediate intervention in a health emergency - intervention that can be initiated by a home medical alert system.
Ø Response to a medical emergency, and especially one that involves the heart, that is delayed more than one hour can greatly increase the probability of death or serious permanent health impairment.