The average age of many populations around the world is rising. With this age increase comes a greater burden on the organisations and individuals responsible for looking after older people.
Technology is also changing. The analogue systems the world has used for much of the past century are being overtaken by the opportunities of digital systems. This transition is not without issues – as the two systems are brought together there have been negative impacts on a wide range of technologies and resources that we are reliant on, including social alarms.
This article reviews the risks associated with the use of analogue social alarms and the opportunities presented by digital technology. As analogue social alarm systems do not integrate reliably with new digital infrastructures, people are at risk of not receiving the help they need, when they need it. It will explore how digital telecare systems offer reliability, efficiency and quality to service providers and their users, and how, by switching to digital systems we can ensure that older and vulnerable people
enjoy living independently, more securely - for longer.
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