Students are tackling the problem of elderly falls
Boston Magazine - 01/08/2015
When elderly people fall, their default reaction is often to call an ambulance for help. Two Northeastern University undergraduates believe it doesn’t have to be that way.
“If elderly people don’t know that they are able to get up on their own, they just assume, ‘I’ve fallen, I have to call 9-1-1, I have to pay for an emergency room visit.’ It’s a whole ordeal,” explains Ellie Schachter, a third-year industrial engineering major at Northeastern. “What we’re trying to do is promote independence of people in this age range and ability level.”
To do that, Schachter and a fourth-year electrical engineering major named Laurel McCallister designed the Get Up Seat (G.U.S.), a device that attaches to an elderly person’s walker to help users get up from falls—and prevent them in the first place.