Use of In-Home Sensors and Internet of Things Tools to Monitor Well-Being at Home
Moving freely and safely from one place to another is a key for independent living among older adults. Limitations in mobility is a common problem among community-dwelling older adults and can lead to other health problems. Technology tools are now being used to improve older adults’ health. Those tools can help monitor older adults’ daily activities and could guide healthcare providers to predict and hopefully prevent dangerous health events due to decreased mobility. The technology tool being used by the HEALTH-E team has several types of sensors that measure how well someone is moving around. By obtaining and data about older adults’ movement over time, we can have a better understanding of patterns and characteristics of elderly mobility in order to predict and prevent negative health events. We also seek to understand user’s perceptions of the sensors and any privacy concerns around using the technology.