Caring for aging parents is a constant source of stress for adultchildren. And that stress is becoming more widespread as the number ofsenior citizens living alone skyrockets to more than 10 million this year.Danielle Adair has more.
A top concern for many adult children who care for an elderly lovedone is that an accident or illness could leave them without help for hours.Theresa Teel cares for her elderly mother, Virginia Merlie.
Teresa Teel: "Mother is very independent. She lives alone. And I justalways worry about the what-ifs."
Patti Johnson, from Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated tosafe and independent living for seniors and others, says it can be difficultto keep an elderly loved one in their own home when safety starts tobecome an issue.
Patti Johnson: "One out of three seniors 65 and older falls each year.And according to The New England Journal of Medicine, the chances ofsurviving a fall, a stroke or a heart attack increases six times if you can getto that person within the first hour."
The Teels turned to an early detection and warning system from ADTSecurity Services, called Quiet Care Plus. It's designed to identifypotential problems before they become emergencies. The non-invasivetechnology uses motion detectors, not cameras, to monitor a senior'sactivities, to determine if there has been any
changes in their habits. Thesystem sends regular updates to both caregivers and monitoringprofessionals, who are trained to deal with seniors and recognize signs of apossible emergency.
Female I:"A signal is sent to the ADT customer monitoring center,where we will try to contact that individual to see if everything is okay. Ifwe're unable to do that, we'll contact one of the caregivers. And in theevent we can't reach one of them, we can send an ambulance or themedical authorities."
Teresa Teel:"I could not believe it. I get a text message on my cellphone that it was below the average temperature for ……