AIP at TigerPlace

TigerPlace (named after the University of Missouri mascot, the tiger) is a specially designed elder housing project that was initiated by the MU Sinclair School of Nursing (SON) and designed by MU faculty working with the Americare Corporation of Sikeston, Missouri.

TigerPlace is built to nursing home standards, but not the typical configuration. The building has 32 private apartments with fully accessible bathrooms, kitchens, and screened porches. Private garages and a private dining room for special family occasions are available, as are beautiful common spaces such as a large living room, dining room, meeting room, library, sports bar, and beauty shop. Included in this list of amenities that surpasses the typical list of long term care options are TigerPlace Pet Initiative (TiPPI) Veterinary Medicine Clinic, TigerCare Wellness Center, and TigerCize Exercise and Spa area.

A major goal for MU is to design and implement exciting research, education, and practice opportunities at TigerPlace while integrating TigerPlace into the MU campus and the Columbia community. From the resident’s point of view, on-going assessment, early illness recognition, health promotion activities, and a well-designed housing environment will help older people stay healthier and active longer, avoid expensive and debilitating hospitalizations, and for most residents, avoid relocation to a nursing home. The links with MU are important as seniors become involved in the student learning projects and take advantage of classes and cultural activities of their interest at MU.

In the area below you will find a list of recently added TigerPlace research articles.

The Aging in Place Project at the University of Missouri (MU) required legislation in 1999 and 2001 to be fully realized. An innovative home health agency was initiated by the Sinclair School of Nursing specifically to help older adults age in place in the environment of their choice. In 2004, an innovative independent living environment was built and is operated by a private long term care company, as a special facility where residents can truly age in place and never fear being moved to a traditional nursing home unless they choose to do so. With care provided by the home care agency with registered nurse care coordination services, residents receive preventative and early illness recognition assistance that have markedly improved their lives. Evaluation of aging in place reveal registered nurse care coordination improves outcomes of cognition, depression, activities of daily living, incontinence, pain, and shortness of breath as well as delaying or preventing nursing home placement. Links with MU students, faculty, and nearly every school or college on campus enrich the lives of the students and residents of the housing environment. Research projects are encouraged and residents who choose to participate are enjoying helping with developing cutting technology to help other seniors age in place.

Rantz, M.J., Porter, R., Cheshier, D., Otto, D., Servey, C.H., Johnson, R.A., Skubic, M., Tyrer, H., He, Z., Demiris, G., Lee, J., Alexander, G., & Taylor, G. (2008). TigerPlace, a state-academic-private project to revolutionize traditional long term care. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 22(1/2), 66-85.

This study aims to explore older adults’ privacy considerations for technology based monitoring applications in eldercare that use video systems. It specifically aims to introduce alternative vision based tools and identify whether distorting or “anonymizing” captured images affect older adults’ privacy concerns and willingness to allow such an application to be installed in their residence. Ten residents of an independent retirement community were recruited to participate in a series of scenarios. Each scenario involved a daily activity such as sitting in the living room and having a visitor, or preparing a snack. These sessions were video-recorded using different image processing and extraction approaches. Follow-up in-depth interviews with participants were conducted after a demonstration of the captured images. Findings indicate that shape extraction can alleviate privacy concerns associated with the use of cameras. Participants expressed no privacy concerns with silhouette images and emphasized the importance of anonymity in the video sequences. They furthermore expressed the desire to control system operation by being able to turn a vision-based system off and on, and also determine who has access to the collected information.


Demiris, G., Parker-Oliver, D., Giger, J., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M. (2009). Older adults’ privacy considerations for vision based recognition methods of eldercare applications. Technology and Health Care, 17(1), 41-48.

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