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.