Much like Xerox, Aspirin and Kleenex, the Life Alert system is now used interchangeably with medical alert systems, personal emergency response systems, etc. This has occurred over the past 40 years as their commercials have aired and been seen by millions and millions of people.

While the name may be used interchangeably with medical alert systems, Life Alert is still around and as strong a brand as ever. If you haven't seen them on TV you might have seen an advertisement in the AARP magazine or other senior related publications. The only difference now is that there are so many more options to choose from that can suit any kind of lifestyle.

What is a life alert system used for? For one, it allows seniors to stay in their homes while having the comfort of knowing help is only a button press away. Many health issues like COPD, heart failure and falls can result in dangerous situations for those living alone and in their homes. The security of knowing help is only a button press away is comforting to many who find themselves in these situations.

Today's systems have expanded on the original Life Alert concept and now allow users to venture outside their home and maintain the same protection at home and on the go. There are a variety of new wearable devices that are both stylish and functional while allowing you the comfort and security of knowing that help is still only a button press away. With advances in GPS technology, systems can now determine exactly where you are and send the help you need. A monitored services can call friends or family or have 911 services dispatched if needed.

These new life alert systems have evolved with the times and offer both landline and cellular options for those who may have cancelled their traditional telephone service.