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Medical Alert Systems > Arizona Medical Alert Systems and Senior Resources in Arizona

Arizona is known as a haven for seniors, and the numbers back that up. Close to a million people over the age of 65 live in Arizona, a population that has skyrocketed 37% since 2000. Whether it is because of the dry weather or because people are just living longer, the Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) has the task of providing services and programs for seniors to ensure that their lives are long and healthy.
These services include:

Resources including legal advice and access to local police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Those programs include:
-- Adult Protective Services: Working with local authorities, help for seniors who are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
-- Emergency Preparedness: Training about what to do in case of emergency, particularly helpful in Arizona with its scorching summer heat.
-- Family Caregiver Support: Recognizing that family caregivers provide the vast majority of assistance to seniors, Arizona has programs to help caregivers meet the needs of their family members.
-- Home and Community-Based Services: Help with daily activities, including adult day care, personal care and transportation.
-- Hospice Care: Supportive care and counseling for terminally ill seniors and their families.
-- Legal Services Assistance: Legal advice, assistance and advocacy for people over the age of 60.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Protecting the rights of seniors living in long-term care facilities.
-- Nutrition Program: Home delivery of healthy meals or meals served in a group setting.
-- Respite Care: A day off for caregivers.
-- Senior Community Service Employment Program: Work and volunteer opportunities.
-- State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Better known as SHIP, it provides free counseling and advice about the often confusing Medicare system.
-- Transportation: Providing transportation to and from senior centers on established transit systems, such as buses, private cabs and Reserve-A-Ride services.

Since the goal of DAAS is to keep seniors living independently for as long as possible, then a medical alert system should be part of the plan for all seniors. Such a system could allow seniors to live in their own homes longer, since there is always someone monitoring them. It can take the place of living in a nursing home, an assisted living facility or moving in with their children.

Now that seniors are more active than ever, the medical alert industry has responded with devices that go can everywhere. Equipped with GPS and cellular technology, a senior can now be monitored wherever they go.

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Domestic violence has no age limit; sadly, it does indeed occur among seniors. Arizona has an extensive Late Life Domestic Violence Program to deal with this problem. In addition to helping people report the unspeakable crime, it also helps victims come up with an exit plan from the situation.

Resources including legal advice and access to local police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DAAS provides programs and services for seniors through eight regional Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) offices.

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