Monitoring And Predicting Falls In The Elderly

Young people often seem to be made of rubber as they can bounce back from falls and tumbles, thankfully often without lasting injury. Even broken bones typically heal quickly and completely. 

As we grown older, the consequences of falls and slips can become much more serious, and the elderly may often be at a high risk of serious injury, or even death.

Now the technology exists to not only detect falls when they happen, but to predict the increased likelihood of falls in elderly people by monitoring gait and other movement cues.
To predict falls, researchers used data collected from sensor systems at TigerPlace, an innovative aging-in-place retirement residence, located in Columbia, Mo. The system generated images and an alert email for nurses indicating when irregular motion was detected. This information could be used to assist nurses in assessing functional decline, providing treatment and preventing falls.

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