Good news often feels urgent, but bad news can urgently require action.In 2013, the Pew Research Center reported that 3 out of 4 Americans (76%) use a cell phone in an emergency to summon help. Prompt communication can make the difference between life and death.For example, Seniors who fall are five times more likely to die when they do not receive help within twelve hours.
Since Martin Cooper created the cell phone in 1973, the technology has been embraced.Approximately 9 out of 10 American adults (91%) own a cell phone, with usage approaching 100% (97%) in young American adults. Yet, despite the popularity of cell phones,land phones remains the sole choice for approximately 1 out of 4 Senior Americans(24%) aged 65 and older.This pattern of age-related phone usage is meaningful and data suggest that greater cell phone usage might reduce the time necessary for Seniors to receive emergency medical treatment. Disability is associated with accidents in Seniors, and disposes Seniors to injury through accidents. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports annual falls in approximately 1 out of 3 Seniors aged 65 and older. These falls are the major cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in this population.
In 2011, researchers Joan Vermeulen1, Jacques CL Neyens1†, Erik van Rossum, Marieke D Spreeuwenberg1 and Luc P de Witte reported changes in behavior that are associated with progressive frailty in independent Seniors. These changes, including slowness in gait and diminished physical exercise, Their data suggests that these changes may predict disability in the Activities of Daily Living that are necessary for self-care. The researchers suggest intervention when frailty is observed. A cell phone is one device that can be easily incorporated into a personal emergency response system.
"Smart phones" have succeeded the original cell phone, and adapted for use by a variety on individuals with disabilities. Applications ("apps") include voice recognition software for people with visual and physical disabilities.Braille keyboards can be used to place phone calls, compose written documents, email and text. Deaf gamers and music lovers can purchase apps that provide subtitles. In addition to protecting personal safety, smart phones can provide communication, information, and recreation
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