We’ve become accustomed to Apple’s frequent innovations rapidly evolving the way we conduct our lives. The senior living Mesa field is somewhat less accustomed to the iconic tech brand presenting our professionals with tools to also save lives at the same time.

And yet, such has been an unexpected boon of the Apple Watch. Among the wearable tech’s many features, the digital touch interface enables the sharing of deeply personal information among fellow users – even a user’s heartbeat. The watch can track the user’s pulse rate via infrared invisible light LEDs, photo sensors, and the zirconia back’s four crystal-sapphire lenses. Though the feature is meant to facilitate biometric tracking during exercise, they also pair with the watch’s gyroscope, and accelerometer and GPS to track real-time movement and vital stats via WiFi with remarkable accuracy.

To complete the elegant and brilliant monitoring potential, the Apple Watch can sense the raising of the wearer’s wrist to instantly activate the display and allow the user to quickly pull up and connect with uploaded contacts via text message or a call.

“Creating beautiful objects that are as simple and pure as they are functional, well that’s always been our goal at Apple,” said Apple senior design vice president Jony Ive. “I think we’re now at a compelling beginning of actually designing technology to be worn, to be truly personal.”

Imagine the possibilities.

The most immediate horizon presents a possibility of senior living Mesa residents being able to instantly call for help in the instance of a fall or other catastrophic medical event. Nurses could be able to keep track of an ailing patient’s heart rate with a simple glance at a watch the way anyone else would watch his or her pulse during a jog.

Perhaps we’ll one day see a time when Apple Watches are standard issue among certain assisted living Mesa patients whose conditions present steady concerns for vitals. Summoning support staff could be as simple as touching a finger to a wrist.