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How Much Is Quality of Life Worth?

With the worldwide growth of the older adult population, there have been numerous efforts to design and provide what have become known as quality of life technologies, which are designed to optimize the health and independent functioning of individuals with disabilities. However, questions remain surrounding how much consumers may be willing to pay for such technologies. To examine...

Under the Sheets: A New Noninvasive Sleep-Monitoring System

Approximately a third of the population suffers from difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking, poor quality of sleep, and a variety of sleep-related breathing problems. For older adults, there are concerns that medical emergencies that occur during sleep could go unnoticed. Unfortunately, most current devices for monitoring sleep are uncomfortable and used primarily for making...

Impact of Assistive Technologies on Personal Assistance Hours

Assistive technologies that help individuals with disabilities compensate for their impairments can potentially serve as either substitutes or complements for human personal assistance. If assistive technologies can serve as a substitute for paid care providers, then prompting the technology’s use can also result in cost savings. A recent study looked at five types of assistive...

New Technology for Pill Organizers Allows Wireless Remote Monitoring of Older Adults’ Medication Compliance

For older adults taking medication, compliance with a physician’s recommended schedule for taking medicine is important for the drugs to succeed and to avoid complications. However, it can be challenging to assess patients’ compliance with medication regimens, with physicians often depending on patients’ self-reports. Compounding these unreliable self-reports is the fact that...

Home Monitoring Systems Being Developed for Fall Detection & Assessment of Fall Risk

Researchers at the University of Missouri are working to develop and evaluate a mountable in-home system that can detect falls, as well as measure changes in movement that might signal an increased fall risk. This system includes a radar component and a modified Microsoft Kinect (originally designed to work with the Xbox video game system). This type of non-wearable fall detection...

Can a Virtual “Health Coach” Increase Physical Activity among Older Adults?

In the United States and many other parts of the world, all age groups show levels of physical activity below that which is medically recommended. While increased physical activity appears to be extremely effective toward improving health and overall well-being among older adults, it is difficult for inactive individuals to increase their levels of activity. Toward addressing this...

Family Caregivers Look toward Technology for Information & Support

With burgeoning numbers of family members caring for older adults, many are seeking resources and support through various technologies. Pew Research Center published results of a national survey of more than 3,000 adults entitled “Family Caregivers Are Wired for Health,” which addressed how family caregivers are embracing online resources and other means to collect health...

Can Shock-Absorbent Floors Reduce the Harm of Falls?

Falls have a significant health and financial burden in care settings. Researchers and designers have become interested in installing shock-resistant flooring in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care settings. However, it is unclear whether such flooring can improve the health of patients and residents, and how cost-effective these interventions might be. A report in Age and Ageing...

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