Are Medical Alert Systems Only for Seniors?

 

Historically, if you were to observe how the medical alert industry has marketed its systems to the public, you would think that these systems are for seniors only.

But, you’d be wrong.

At QMedic, we have subscribers as young as 19, as well as centenarians who are still going strong after hitting 100.

So, what accounts for this diverse age range?

The truth is, that the need for medical alert systems has never been about age. Instead, it’s typically a health condition, living condition or safety concern that motivates subscribers.

Some quick FACTS:

>70% of subscribers have 3+ chronic conditions

>90% have a physical or cognitive disability that puts him or her at higher risk of emergency events

Although we don’t typically associate the above with younger people, it’s an unfortunate reality that many conditions, disabilities and illnesses are not age-specific.

So, why does the medical alert industry continue to focus on seniors?

It comes down to demographics. With 76 Million Baby Boomers retiring and 10,000+ people per day in the US turning 65 years old, America has run into a major caregiving crisis, where there are fewer able caregivers than ever before.   

Another problem…

Because the senior population dominates the medical alert industry - both in reality and media marketing - a stigma has developed that medical alerts are exclusively for seniors, and consequently, a stigma that medical alerts are not for minors or young adults.

As a result, minors or young adults with life threatening conditions (health or environmental) are less receptive to the alerts that could save their lives.

As a medical alert provider committed to helping anyone in need, it’s important for us to address this issue and STOP the stigmas associated with alerts.

Sources:

https://www.seniorliving.org/retirement/resources-surviving-social-security/

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/planning-to-retire/2012/03/22/the-4-most-important-sources-of-retirement-income

https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/economic-security-facts/