Emergency Response Systems: Introduction

Independent, objective overview: the different types; and the big decisions.

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This introductory course is for anyone who is considering buying or recommending an Emergency response system.

Emergency response systems (medical alerts) are heavily marketed to older adults and their families, but it is extremely hard to find independent, objective analysis of what differentiates one from another. After studying more than 50 of these products, we found big differences between individual products, and came to realize that choosing the right product for a specific individual is about far more than just price.

We have distilled the results of hundreds of hours of hands-on evaluation, and lots of Googling of websites, into a series of bite-size lectures. In less than an hour of total listening time, this course will give you an introduction to this important but confusing product category.

From this course, you will learn about:

  • What an emergency response system does and how it works, and for whom it might be useful;
  • The different "flavors" of emergency response system and their strengths and weaknesses; and
  • The four big decisions (about an older adult and their life style) that let you decide which types of systems are right for that individual.

Selecting the right emergency response system

If you are ready to move to the next steps of actually deciding what type of emergency response system would be right for a specific individual, then you are ready for the second part of this series:

Emergency Response Systems: Selection.

Background to this course

Tech-enhanced Life is in the middle of a research project studying personal emergency response systems (medical alerts) for older adults. We want to answer questions like "Which emergency response product is right for my parent, or for me?" And "Should I get an emergency response system, or not?"

In this course, we provide the results of the first part of this research project. This introduction will give you the basic tools for evaluating emergency response systems. It will also introduce you briefly to the deep-dive product analysis and selection tool that we are developing as part of our research.

In addition you will get an overview of our research project into emergency response systems — including who is doing the work, how we are doing it, and how the results will help people like you choose the right emergency response system for a specific individual.

Tech-enhanced Life, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation with the mission of improving the quality of life of older adults and their families. Our focus is on finding ways that clever, technology-enhanced products can help overcome some of the challenges of aging, and compensate for functional decline. So that older adults and their families can spend more time doing what they love to do, and less time dealing with problems and worrying.



Your Instructor


Richard Caro
Richard Caro

Dr. Richard G. Caro is co-founder of Tech-enhanced Life, a Public Benefit corporation with the mission of improving the quality of life of older adults and their families. For several years now his work has focused on the intersection of aging and technology, and he recently co-authored an eBook entitled Caring from Afar: A Guide to Home Sensor Systems for Aging Parents.

In addition to his work with Tech-enhanced Life, Richard is CEO of TangibleFuture, Inc., an interventional management consultancy based in San Francisco, and is an active member of several Silicon Valley angel investor groups, with a particular focus on the intersection of healthcare, aging, and technology. Richard started his career as a researcher at Stanford University, and then spent a number of years developing novel medical products (such as the world's first LASIK device for changing the shape of your eyes). He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


Frequently Asked Questions


What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Let us know what your concern is, and we will try and improve the course for future students. If you are not happy with the results of the course, we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Can Longevity Explorers get a discount?

Yes. If you are a regular at one of our Longevity Explorer circles, you can take this course for FREE. Just email us if you don't have the discount code and we will send you a login.

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For now, It's Free

We are revising this course now to add some new research and to improve the production values a bit. The new version should be available in the next month.

Meanwhile, we are offering this version of the course for free.

You are welcome to sign up now, and we think the content in its current form will already be very useful. When the newer version of the course is ready, people who have signed up for this one, and completed it, will be able to upgrade to the new course for a reduced rate.

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