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Research Finds Effectiveness Of Radar And Bed Sensors To Help Keep Seniors Safe

Two new mHealth programs funded by the National Science Foundation and recently profiled in the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments are part of a decade-long initiative by the University of Missouri to use technology to help seniors age in place. The new projects are using two different types of mobility sensors in order to monitor elderly patients for tending health concerns.

Radar and Sensors Flag Health Trouble for Seniors

Two new studies show how monitoring walking speed with radar and heart health with bed sensors can help maintain older adults’ health and warn of impeding issues. “In-home sensors have the ability to capture early signs of health changes before older adults recognize problems themselves,” says Marjorie Skubic, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Missouri College of Engineering and director of the Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology.

Radar, Bed Sensors Help Health Providers Detect Problems Early

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Developing and evaluating motion-capture technology to help older adults “age in place” has been the focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Previous research has utilized video game technology and various web-cameras to detect health changes in Tiger Place residents. Now, two new studies demonstrate how monitoring walking speed using radar and heart health by utilizing bed sensors help maintain older adults’ health and warn of impeding issues.

Aging in Place Critical for Seniors to Remain Independent

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Quality of care in nursing homes has long been under scrutiny of the public and government regulators. Under this microscope, how can nurses improve quality of care in nursing homes? That question has laid the research foundation for Marilyn Rantz, Curators’ Professor Emerita of Nursing in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. Over the past 30 years, Rantz has established herself as a premier international expert in quality measurement in nursing homes and research programs to improve quality of care of older people. Through her research she has found that nurses, coordinated care and technology all play pivotal roles in improving patient care and lowering health care costs for aging populations.

ACL at Risk: Can a Repurposed Peripheral Help Young Athletes Stay in the Game?

Identifying the athletes most at risk is the starting point, according to Aaron Gray, an MU School of Medicine assistant professor in the departments of family and community medicine and orthopedic surgery, and Marjorie Skubic, an MU professor of electrical and computer engineering. In the past, screening has been impractical for all but the most elite athletes. Gray and Skubic are changing that with a cheap, widely available gaming peripheral called the Kinect, a motion-sensing device that works with Microsoft’s Xbox.

Home Sensors Enable Seniors to Live Independently

People are living longer and they desire to live as independently as possible in their senior years. But, independent lifestyles come with risks, such as debilitating falls and deteriorating health resulting from inadequate care. To address these issues, researchers are developing “smart home” technologies to enhance the safety of residents and monitor their health conditions using sensors and other devices

MU Researchers Use New Video Gaming Technology to Detect Illness, Prevent Falls in Older Adults

COLUMBIA, Mo. -Many older adults lose their independence as their health declines and they are compelled to move into assisted care facilities. Researchers at the University of Missouri and TigerPlace, an independent living community, have been using motion-sensing technology to monitor changes in residents’ health for several years. Now, researchers have found that two devices commonly used for video gaming and security systems are effective in detecting the early onset of illness and fall risk in seniors.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing Interdisciplinary Projects Receive Top Honors from the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) annually selects research/projects that highlight major innovations in the field of nursing and improve the health care profession overall. Last month, two MU Sinclair School of Nursing interdisciplinary projects, TigerPlace and Aging-In-Place, received the AAN’s Edge Runner awards and they are now being used as national examples.

Marilyn Rantz Keynote

Marilyn Rantz delivered a keynote address: “Built for the Future: TigerPlace” at the National Gerontological Nursing Association 20th Annual Convention, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

MU College of Engineering, School of Nursing, School of Medicine receive $1.2 million NSF ITR grant

MU College of Engineering (CoE) researchers have received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to pursue technology they hope will not only help monitor but also prevent accidents among the elderly. The research team started work in December 2004 on developing software that will integrate information provided by monitoring systems into a meaningful pattern and alert caregivers to a senior’s current and impending needs.

MU Works on Technology to Increase Independence and Safety for Seniors

COLUMBIA, Mo. —A senior in a long-term care facility gets up in the middle of the night, trips and falls, and is unable to get up or call for help. Minutes later, a staff member arrives to check on the resident after being alerted by special vibration sensors in the resident’s room that had detected the fall.