Device developed in Boca Raton offers emergency help at home or away

Teaser Text: By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

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Sun Sentinel

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

South Florida resident Shirley Mazursky says a Boca Raton company's device has saved her life twice.

Most recently, Mazursky thought she was having a heart attack so she pushed the button on the MobileHelp pendant device she wears around her neck. That alerted 911 as well as her loved ones. Last year, the 84-year-old fell and broke her hip. She had just bought MobileHelp two days earlier.

"Nobody thinks they're really going to need something like this," she said. But her son, who lives in New Jersey, insisted.

With the push of a button on a MobileHelp pendant or watch, a senior or disabled person can call for emergency help or seek assistance from a listed family member or neighbor. A new feature automatically sends an alert when the wearer falls.

There are many medical alert products on the market, including Lifeline and LifeAlert. MobileHelp CEO Robert Flippo said his company's product is different because it protects the user outside the home. MobileAlert's device is integrated with GPS technology to provide tracking and works anywhere there is AT&T cellular service.

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