Academic Research

There is a great deal of research being conducted into the use of technology to help older people stay safe and well in their homes. Here are some links to some of the published results.

If you are involved in academic research of this kind that we might find useful or that we might be able to help with, do please contact us.

UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing

Intelligent Systems for Assessing Aging Changes: Home-Based, Unobtrusive, and Continuous Assessment of Aging

Automated Health Alerts Using In-Home Sensor Data for Embedded Health Assessment

Older Adult Falls : Inability to get up, subsequent time on floor, summoning help

Of these 141 falls, 38 resulted in lying on the floor for over an hour, despite an installed alarm system, and in 97% of these “long lies” the person who fell alone did not use their alarm to summon help.

Satisfaction and use of personal emergency response systems

24% of the participants reported that they never wear the alarm button, and only 14% wear it 24 hours each day. After falls [the alarm button] was not activated by 83% of the subscribers who fell alone and lay on the floor longer than 5 minutes.

Health management and pattern analysis of daily living activities of people with dementia using in-home sensors and machine learning techniques

Personal emergency alarms: do health outcomes differ for purchasers and nonpurchasers?

 

A Smart Home System for Information Sharing, Health Assessments, and Medication Self-Management for Older People: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Study

Over half of people aged 80 years and older suffer from two or more diseases... and the interaction between the aging process, diseases, medication, and related side effects leads to complex health conditions that are difficult to assess and communicate. Moreover, since care professionals are not on-site around the clock, they receive only partial information throughout the day about older adults living at home. This makes assessing and making correct decisions about the older person’s health difficult. 

A Survey on Ambient-Assisted Living Tools for Older Adults

Falls in Older People: Epidemiology, Risk Factors and Strategies for Prevention

Smart homes for the elderly dementia sufferers: identification and prediction of abnormal behaviour

Wearable Devices for Predicting Illness

Stanford Medicine Healthcare Innovation Lab

Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

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Older Adult Falls : Inability to get up, subsequent time on floor, summoning help

This study monitored 200 older people in Cambridge. 141 of whom suffered a fall during the study. One of the findings was that "of these 141 falls, 38 resulted in lying on the floor for over an hour, despite an installed alarm system, and in 97% of these “long lies” the person who fell alone did not use their alarm to summon help."

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