"Every 13 seconds an older person falls in the U.S. and has to be rushed to a hospital," according the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The center has opened a clinic to help slow this disturbing trend. Many are turning to medical alert systems for protection. See our top picks for the best medical alert systems.
(Check out a sister site of Live Science's called Dignifyed, which has in-depth reviews of medical alert systems and expert advice related to health and wellness for older people.)
credit : Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center