Technology

Can Shock-Absorbent Floors Reduce the Harm of Falls?
, Technology

Falls have a significant health and financial burden in care settings. Researchers and designers have become interested in installing shock-resistant flooring in hospitals, nursing homes,…

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Sensors for Falls Reduction: Technical Advances Needed
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Falls are a prevalent and significant health problem among older adults, and there is a particular need for ways to reduce the number of falls…

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Video Game–Based Physical Activity Can Help Manage Falls Risk
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Leg strength and balance are important factors in falls risk. A randomized controlled trial examined the effect of video game–based physical training on balance and…

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Future Technologies Will Enable “Connected Aging”
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A recent brief from the Center for Technology and Aging argues that new mobile devices and Internet-based resources will become increasingly usable, practical, and affordable,…

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What Will Consumers Pay for Technology to Enhance Independence?
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The growth of the older adult population and the rising costs of providing care have led to great interest in the development of new assistive…

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Older Adults Increasingly Use Social Media: Pew Report
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A November report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that older adults are a still-growing population of social media users, a finding…

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Deloitte Report: Gaps & Opportunities in Consumer Engagement with Health Technologies
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The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions released an issue brief based on a survey of US health care consumers. The survey, designed to be representative…

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Video Evidence of Falls in LTC: Loss of Balance, Tripping Cause More Falls than Slipping
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness, Long-term Care, Operations, Senior Housing, Technology

Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, and about half of older adults in long-term care (LTC) experience a fall in any…

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Influences on Users’ Ability to Navigate Medicare.gov
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As the health care industry in the US increasingly expects individuals to manage their own health, there is a need for health management tools that…

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Supportive Home Technology for Individuals with Cognitive Decline
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Technology for aging-in-place has been a popular area for research in recent years, particularly in the areas of assistive and monitoring technology. A recent article…

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Can Accelerometers Detect Real-World Falls?
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Falls are a major source of disability, morbidity, and mortality. Recent in-home technology advancements—such as new sensor and accelerometer technology—are promising areas for falls reduction…

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Nintendo® Wii™ for Balance & Mobility Testing: Strengths & Limitations
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Research trials and case reports have suggested that the Nintendo Wii video game system might be a useful falls reduction tool. The WiiFit™ has games…

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