Using whole body technologies to map the mobility of older adults

Briggs, Pamela, Little, Linda, McInnes, Lynn and Rochester, Lynn (2008) Using whole body technologies to map the mobility of older adults. In: CHI 2008 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), 5-10 April 2008, Florence, Italy.

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In this paper we describe the preliminary findings of two-year study that attempted to map the mobility of our oldest citizens using activity monitoring and location-aware technologies. We recruited a group of 100 adults aged between 72 and 92 years old, drawn from a 25 year longitudinal cohort, and collected lifestyle, nutrition, health and social engagement data. We also fitted a subset of the group with accelerometers and location-based tracking devices and asked them to wear these for a week in order that we could generate accurate, live mobility data and assess these data against self-reports. We are now using this data to describe the relationship between mobility, activity and physical and mental well-being, but in this preliminary paper, we outline some of the main challenges we encountered when trying to use these ‘whole body’ technologies to determine mobility.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 15:52
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:31

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