Pilot Study of Aging-in-Place Technology: Mobile Sensors

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 19 July 2011

A senior’s daily routines (i.e. sitting, standing, walking, even interacting with others) tracked by wireless mobile technology may provide useful health data to researchers, reports McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Observing the physical and emotional health of seniors in a continuing care community is the goal of the small pilot study out of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College. Eight senior residents were fitted with a wireless mobile sensor around their waist; activities were monitored over a 10-day period.

Researchers are hopeful that the data would help health & senior care providers determine early signs of dementia, depression, or heart problems.

Some experts feel the study, published in the most recent issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, is too small in order to produce valid recommendations. Dartmouth researcher Ethan M. Berke, M.D., agrees: “Certainly we need to do much larger, more robust studies to see that these [results] correlate as strongly as they do.”

Study results thus far showed that men were stationary 64.4% of the time and spent 21.3% of their time walking. Women were stationary 62.0% of the time; 20.7% of their time was spent walking.

Read more about aging-in-place technology here at Seniors for Living.

There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Jeff says,

    This is a great study even if it is small. Hopefully the technology will get cheaper and easier to do this on a larger scale to use it for safety monitoring in real time.


    on 19 July 2011 / 6:58 PM

  2. It probably does have some real value despite the size – and we all have to start somewhere, right? I like your positive outlook on expanding to a larger scale in the future. Thanks for your comment!


    on 20 July 2011 / 12:26 AM

  3. Janett Brown says,

    I think this study is going to help to take more care of our old parents. Indeed, it’s going to help in fighting the aging of the elderly and make them have more enegry to do things that they were not able to do in their past because they had been so busy with their jobs and their families.


    on 20 July 2011 / 5:01 AM

  4. Thanks for your comments, Janett. I hope the study does help us learn more about how to better care for our elders!


    on 20 July 2011 / 11:36 AM


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