Technology for Successful Aging
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With our partners at the University of Virginia we are developing a system of sensors, to monitor the activity of seniors in their residences. We measure motion, footfalls, sleep and restlessness, we have stove sensors and sensing mats, all connected wirelessly to a computer which performs an initial evaluation and data transfer to a secure server for further study. Based upon the monitor data we will implement an intervention to ameliorate functional decline. Focus group studies determine the attitudes, concerns and impressions of the residents and staff. We find that senior's attitude to technology is healthy and they will try helpful approaches. In addition to the statistical comparisons, we model the data using hidden Markov models, integrate or fuse the monitor data with video images, and reason about behavior using fuzzy logic. The results of this work will additionally reduce the workload on caregivers, foster communication between residents and family,and give these seniors independence.
Tyrer H, Alwan M, Demiris G, He Z, Keller J, Skubic M & Rantz M, "Technology for Successful Aging," Proceedings, IEEE 28th International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York, NY, August 30-September 3, 2006, p 3290-3293.