Using whole body technologies to map the mobility of older adults

Pamela Briggs, Linda Little, Lynn McInnes, Lynn Rochester

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventCHI 2008 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) - Boston, MA., USA
Duration: 1 Apr 2008 → …

Conference

ConferenceCHI 2008 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)
Period1/04/08 → …

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