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Wearables helping improve senior living, offering new safety tech

Senior citizens and those most at medical risk are a major target for wearables manufacturers

By: Michael Hatamoto from Aug 19, 2014 @ 13:45 CDT

Startups and established companies are developing new technologies to better monitor health and create gadgets that can improve the lives of seniors. As the wearables market expands further, helping those with the most significant medical needs has become important for software developers and hardware manufacturers.


One such technology is a pendant being used at the Edgemere retirement community in Dallas, Texas, which sends an alert if a resident falls. The custom pendant can track the fall and will immediately notify staff members, so they can be quickly dispatched to address the situation.

"The pendant will pick up the arc of that fall," said John Falldine, Edgemere managing director, in a statement to the media. "It sends the same signal to us as though the resident had hit the button."

Many of the new wearables are designed to track heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and other critical medical information - which can be accessed via mobile device - and easily shared with medical personnel.

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