Healthcare company TELUS Health has introduced its next-generation medical alert system for supporting older adults in Canada.

Dubbed Medical Alert Pendant, the wearable device has been developed to help older adults confidently age in place with the assurance of round-the-clock emergency support.

It features a connected Caregiver App that keeps caregivers informed about the user’s daily routines, mobility and whereabouts when required.

The app provides advanced GPS-enabled location tracking and instant access to round-the-clock emergency assistance with just a press of a button.

The smaller and lighter pendant has a more discreet design, ensuring all-day comfort when worn.

It also includes an advanced fall detection feature that allows one to cancel a mistakenly activated alarm without needing to communicate with an operator.

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In addition, the pendant is claimed to have the longest battery life of any mobile medical alert device in the country for continuous protection.

TELUS Health chief medical officer Dr Keir Peterson said: “We want to empower older adults to navigate life’s changes with greater ease by leveraging thoughtful advancements in technology, resources and expertise.

“By supporting independence and dignity in ageing, we can contribute to the thriving of older people in Canada while simultaneously providing their caregivers and cherished loved ones with a profound sense of reassurance.”

A survey conducted by the National Institute on Aging reveals that the primary cause of hospitalisations among elderly individuals in Canada due to injuries is falling.