New sensors let adult children monitor their elderly parents, without decreasing their independence.

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Almost everyone remembers the famous Life Alert advertisements featuring an elderly woman and the famous catchphrase "I've fallen, and I can't get up." As more and more elderly people were living longer and longer, the Life Alert system was a great way for them to still retain their independence, while giving loved ones peace of mind about their well-being.

With the advent of user-friendly, inexpensive and wearable technology, and the widespread prevalence of smartphones and app-based programs, it was only a matter of time before someone took the basic Life Alert system and upgraded it.