Radar and Sensors Flag Health Trouble for Seniors

Posted By: Jeff Sossamon

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.

“The radar enhances our ability to monitor walking speed and determine if a senior has a fall risk; the bed sensors provide data on heart rate, respiration rate, and overall cardiac activity when a senior is sleeping. Both sensors are non-invasive and don’t require seniors to wear monitoring devices.”

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