Aging in Place: critical for seniors to remain independent

Written By: Rantz, M.

America’s 75 million aging adults soon will face decisions about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly and require seniors to move from place to...

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Aging in Place: Critical for Seniors to Remain Independent

Written By: Rice, Sheena

EXPERT AVAILABLE: Aging in Place Critical for Seniors to Remain Independent MU Professor Marilyn Rantz credits advanced nurses, technology and coordinated care as means for improving patient care and lowering health care costs COLUMBIA, Mo. – Quality of care...

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Enhanced RN care coordination with sensor technology: impact on length of stay and cost in Aging in Place housing

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Lane, K.R., Phillips, L.J., Despins, L.A., Galambos, C., Alexander, G.L., Koopman, R.J., Skubic, M., & Miller, S.J.

When planning the Aging in Place Initiative at TigerPlace, it was envisioned that advances in technology research had the potential to enable early intervention in health changes that could assist in proactive management of health for older adults and...

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Comparing Aging in Place to home health care: impact of nurse care coordination on utilization and costs

Written By: Popejoy. L., Stetzer, F., Hicks, L., Rantz, M.J., Galambos, C., Popescu, M., Khalilia, M.A., & Marek, K.

The goal of this study was to compare utilization and cost outcomes of patients who received long-term care coordination in an Aging in Place program to patients who received care coordination as a routine service in home health care. This...

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Older adults live independently longer when monitored by care team and technology

Written By: Chew, Jesslyn

Finding ways to help older adults “age in place” has been a focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Now, a new study shows their work at TigerPlace, an independent living community that...

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MU researchers taking sensor system from lab to marketplace

Written By: Favignano, Megan

While some go to the doctor once a year, many residents at the TigerPlace assisted living community in southeast Columbia get a virtual checkup every day. Wireless sensor systems installed in about half of the community’s living spaces constantly...

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Because of Nursing Research: Supporting Technologies for Healthy Independent Living

Written By: NIH: NINR

National Institute of Nursing Research (National Institutes of Health) – Because of Nursing Research: Supporting Technologies for Healthy Independent Living Because of Nursing

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Foresight – Health Risk Detection System

Written By: ASC Video Production

Foresight – Health Risk Detection System – presented at the 2015 Innovation & Entrepreneurial Recognition Dinner at the University of Missouri. ASC Video Production

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Automated health alerts using in-home sensor data for embedded health assessment

Written By: Skubic, M., Guevara, R., & Rantz, M.

We present an example of unobtrusive, continuous monitoring in the home for the purpose of assessing early health changes. Sensors embedded in the environment capture behavior and activity patterns. Changes in patterns are detected as potential signs of changing...

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Reaching for the Gold with Harriet Tramer (radio interview)

Written By: Tramer, Harriet

Listen to Marilyn Rantz’s interview on Harriet Tramer’s May 2015 show. Host Harriet Tramer has long worked as both a journalist and a college instructor. And her experiences have taught her that these two professions definitely share one thing in...

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Mizzou professor teaches senators about technology to help seniors stay at home

Written By: Howard, Jim (KSMU Ozarks Public Radio)

Technology is extending the amount of time aging Americans can live in the familiar surroundings of their own home, rather than be placed in a care facility. Marjorie Skubic, director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Eldercare and...

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Staff perceptions of social work student contributions to home health care services at an independent living facility

Written By: Galambos, C., Starr, J., Musterman, K., & Rantz, M.

This exploratory qualitative study examined staff perceptions of social work student contributions to client services, family and client communication, and staff workload in an independent living setting for older adults. Ten employees who had contact with the students, clients...

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Automated in-home fall risk assessment and detection sensor system for elders.

Written By: Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Abbott, C., Galambos, C., Popescu, M., Keller, J., Stone, E., Back, J., Miller, S.J., & Petroski, G.F.

Falls are a major problem for the elderly leading to injury, disability, and even death. An unobtrusive, in-home sensor system that continuously monitors older adults for fall risk and detects falls could revolutionize fall prevention and care. A fall...

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Doppler radar fall activity detection using the wavelet transform

Written By: Su, B.Y., Ho, K.C., Rantz, M., & Skubic, M.

We propose in this paper the use of Wavelet transform (WT) to detect human falls using a ceiling mounted Doppler range control radar. The radar senses any motions from falls as well as nonfalls due to the Doppler effect....

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A new paradigm of technology enabled “vital signs” for early detection of health change for older adults

Written By: Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Popescu, M., Galambos, C., Koopman, R.J., Alexander, G.L., Phillips, L.J., Musterman, K., Back, J., & Miller, S.J.

Environmentally embedded (non-wearable) sensor technology is in continuous use in elder housing to monitor a new set of “vital signs” that continuously measure the functional status of older adults, detect potential changes in health or functional status, and alert...

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Average in-home gait speed: Investigation of a new metric for mobility and fall risk assessment of elders

Written By: Stone, E., Skubic, M., Rantz, M.J., Abbott, C., & Miller, S.

A study was conducted to assess how a new metric, average in-home gait speed (AIGS), measured using a low-cost, environmentally mounted, continuous monitoring system, compares to a set of traditional physical performance instruments used for mobility and fall risk...

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MU professor featured by Smart America Expo, Huffington Post

Written By: MU Engineering

Marjorie Skubic, a professor in MU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, participated in the Smart America Expo in June in Washington, D.C.  Skubic also was featured with a story and video produced by the NSF. MU professor featured by...

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TigerPlace celebrates 10-year anniversary

Written By: Stice, Alicia

TigerPlace, which celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with an open house, is a unique partnership between Americare and the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. Columbia Daily Tribune

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MU Researchers Use Sensors to Monitor Older Adults’ Health, Sync Health Information between Homes and Hospitals

Written By: Jesslyn Chew

Technological advances have provided medical professionals with many devices and systems to collect and analyze patients’ health information, but many of these technologies do not share data with each other. MU News Bureau

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New Technologies to Help Seniors Age in Place

Written By: Shirley Wang

Researchers test ways to prevent elderly people from injuring themselves at home. The Wall Street Journal

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The continued success of registered nurse care coordination in a state evaluation of Aging in Place in senior housing

Written By: Rantz, M., Popejoy, Lori L., Galambos, C., Phillips, L.J., Lane, K.R., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L., Musterman, K., Back, J., Miller, S.J., & Ge, B.

Older adults prefer to age in place, remaining in their home as their health care needs intensify. In a state evaluation of Aging in Place (AIP), the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and Americare System Inc., developed...

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Nursing home research: The first international association of gerontology and geriatrics research conference

Written By: Rantz, M.J., & Skubic, M.

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics held its first conference on nursing home research in St Louis, MO, in November 2013. This article provides a summary of the presentations. Rolland, Y., Resnick, B., Katz, P.R., Little, M.O., Ouslander,...

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Quantitative gait measurement with pulse-Doppler radar for passive in-home gait assessment

Written By: Wang, F., Skubic, M., Rantz, M., Yardibi, T., & Cuddihy, P.E.

In this paper, we propose a Pulse-Doppler radar system for in-home gait assessment of older adults. A methodology has been developed to extract gait parameters including walking speed and step time using Doppler radar. The gait parameters have been...

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Influencing Public Policy through Care Coordination Research

Written By: Rantz, M., Popejoy, L., Musterman, K., & Miller, S.J.

The University of Missouri (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) stepped up to the challenge of creating a different way of supporting older adults as they age, providing care on their own terms. Working with stakeholders, including consumers, politicians,...

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MU Researchers Use New Video Gaming Technology to Detect Illness, Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Researchers at the University of Missouri and TigerPlace, an independent living community, have been using motion-sensing technology to monitor changes in residents’ health for several years. Now, researchers have found that two devices commonly used for video gaming and...

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Coming of Age: Marilyn Rantz Heralds an Eldercare Renaissance

The normal process of aging drives Curators Professor of nursing Marilyn Rantz’s work on improving life for elderly adults. Rantz — an experienced administrator and registered nurse — researches how to make seniors’ lives healthier and more independent as...

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Kinect Effect Reaches Into Hospitals, Senior Centers

In the year since Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360, the controller-free device has been adopted and adapted for a growing number of non-gaming uses, many of them in the healthcare field. (2011) Press Release @ Microsoft

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At Complex, University of Missouri Touts ‘Aging in Place’

One study, just completed, is said to prove the financial benefit as well as the social and personal benefits to aging in place. (2011) Press Release @ St. Louis Post Dispatch

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Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs

Written By: Emily Martin

America’s 75 million aging adults soon will face decisions about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly and require seniors to move from place to...

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Electronic Health Records Prime Clinicians to Provide Progressive Care to Older Adults

MU researchers are developing an EHR system that encompasses standard health assessments and those obtained through new technologies. The goal is to increase efficiency and accuracy, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs for long-term care. (2010) Press Release @...

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Dance Therapy Improves Seniors’ Gait, Balance

For seniors, dancing isn’t just for fun; it also can be therapeutic. Two recent studies conducted by University of Missouri researchers found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults. Improved functionality among seniors...

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MU Using TigerPlace to Develop ‘Aging in Place’ Technology

Written By: Jacob Barker

Marilyn Rantz, a professor at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, and Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, lead the university’s interdisciplinary research team. They use inexpensive sensors to monitor residents’ movement and develop programs to analyze...

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Seniors Live At Home Longer With Health-Monitoring Technology

University of Missouri researchers are using sensors, computers and communication systems, along with supportive health care services to monitor the health of older adults who are living at home. (2009) Press Release @ Medical News Today

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MU Sinclair School of Nursing Interdisciplinary Projects Receive Top Honors from the American Academy of Nursing

Raise the Voice Edge Runners are the practical innovators who have led the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of health care challenges. Many senior citizens and their families seek to postpone or avoid nursing...

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New Solutions to Old Problems: The MU Eldertech Initiative

In 2002, University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing Professor Marilyn Rantz came to the MU College of Engineering looking for collaborators and, as she put it, new solutions to old problems. Through years of meetings and proposals, this...

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A Place for Aging

A place for aging: An MU facility is redefining notions of elder care. (2006) Press Release @ MU Illumination

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Dance-based therapy in a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly: an integrative approach to decrease fall risk

Written By: Krampe, J., Rantz, M.J., Dowell, L., Schamp, R., Skubic, M., Abbott, C.

Loss of balance and diminished gait are major fall risk factors in older persons. Literature suggests that physical activity based on dance may improve balance and gait. The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether dance-based therapy...

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Improving nurse care coordination with technology

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Aud, M., Wakefield, B., Koopman, R., & Miller, S.

Technology offers potential solutions to the pending crisis of healthcare for older adults, while healthcare workers are in short supply. Technology can enable remote monitoring of individuals and early detection of potential problems, so that early interventions can help...

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Nighttime restfulness during daytime dance therapy: an exploratory study with bed sensors

Written By: Krampe, J., Miller, S.J., Echebiri, C., Rantz, M.J., & Skubic, M.

Dance-based therapy has the potential to slow the progression of functional limitations in older adults. The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of measuring the impact of dance-based therapy on the nighttime restfulness patterns of older...

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Evaluation of aging in place model with home care services and registered nurse care coordination in senior housing

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Phillips, L., Aud, M., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L.L., Zaniletti, I., & Miller, S.J.

A state-sponsored evaluation of aging in place (AIP) as an alternative to assisted living and nursing home has been underway in Missouri. Cost, physical, and mental health assessment data reveal the cost-effectiveness and positive health measures of AIP. Findings...

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The use of bedside electronic medical record (EMR) to improve quality of care in nursing facilities: A qualitative analysis

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Alexander, G., Galambos, C., Flesner, M.K., Vogelsmeier, A., Hicks, L., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., & Greenwald, L.

It appears that the implementation and use of a bedside electronic medical record in nursing homes can be a strategy to improve quality of care. Staff like using the bedside electronic medical record and believe it is beneficial. Information...

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Evolution of an early illness warning system to monitor frail elders in independent living

Written By: Alexander G.L., Rantz M.J., Skubic M., Koopman R., Phillips L., Guevara R.D., & Miller S.

This paper describes the evolution of an early illness warning system used by an interdisciplinary team composed of clinicians and engineers in an independent living facility. The early illness warning system consists of algorithms which analyze resident activity patterns...

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Passive sensor technology interface to assess elder activity in independent living

Written By: Alexander, G.L., Wakefield, B.J., Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Aud, M., Erdelez, S., & Al Ghenaimi, S.

Background: The effectiveness of clinical information systems to improve nursing and patient outcomes depends on human factors, including system usability, organizational workflow, and user satisfaction. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine to what extent residents, family...

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Aging in Place versus nursing home care: comparison of costs to Medicare and Medicaid

Written By: Marek, K.D., Stetzer, F., Adams, S.J., Popejoy, L., & Rantz, M.

The objective of this study was to compare the community-based, long-term care program called Aging in Place (AIP) and nursing home care, in terms of cost to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. A retrospective cohort design was used in...

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Automated technology to speed recognition of signs of illness in older adults

Our team has developed a technological innovation that detects changes in health status that indicate impending acute illness or exacerbation of chronic illness before usual assessment methods or self-reports of illness. We successfully used this information in a 1-year...

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Towards a passive low-cost in-home gait assessment system for older adults

Written By: Wang, F., Stone, E. Skubic, M., Keller, J., Abbott, C., & Rantz, M.

In this paper, we propose a webcam-based system for in-home gait assessment of older adults. A methodology has been developed to extract gait parameters including walking speed, step time, and step length from a 3-D voxel reconstruction, which is...

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Sensor technology to support Aging in Place

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Miller, S.J., Galambos, C., Alexander, G., Keller, J., & Popescu, M.

Older adults want to age in place at home. Sensor technology has the potential to help by monitoring individuals’ health status, detecting emergency situations, and notifying health care providers. Researchers at the University of Missouri are investigating the impact...

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Evaluation of health alerts from an early illness warning system in independent living

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Scott, S.D., Miller, S.J., Skubic, M., Phillips, L., Alexander, G., Koopman, R.J., Musterman, K., & Back, J.

Passive sensor networks were deployed in independent living apartments to monitor older adults in their home environments to detect signs of impending illness and alert clinicians so they can intervene and prevent or delay significant changes in health or...

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Older adults’ attitudes towards and perceptions of “smart house” technologies

Written By: Demiris, G., Rantz, M.J., Aud, M.A., Marek, K.D., Tyrer, H.W., Skubic, M., & Hussam, A.A.

The study aim is to explore the perceptions and expectations of seniors in regard to “smart home” technology installed and operated in their homes with the purpose of improving their quality of life and/or monitoring their health status. Three...

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Technology and nursing collaboration to help older adults age in place

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Marek, K.D., Aud, M.A., Tyrer, H.W., Skubic, M., Demiris, G., & Hussam, A.A.

This is an account of an active collaboration between Computer Engineering, Health Informatics, and Nursing within an academic health science center to improve the quality of life of older adults as they “age in place.” The Sinclair School of...

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Entrepreneurial program of research and service to improve nursing home care

Written By: Rantz, M., Mehr, D., Hicks, L., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Petroski, G.F., Madsen, R.W., Porter, R., & Zwygart-Stauffacher, M.

This is a methodological article intended to demonstrate the integration of multiple goals, multiple projects with diverse foci, and multiple funding sources to develop an entrepreneurial program of research and service to directly affect and improve the quality of...

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Senior residents’ perceived need of and preferences for “smart home” sensor technologies

Written By: Demiris, G., Hensel, B.K., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M.J.

The goal of meeting the desire of older adults to remain independent in their home setting while controlling healthcare costs has led to the conceptualization of “smart homes.” A smart home is a residence equipped with technology that enhances...

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Falls, technology, and stunt actors: new approaches to fall detection and fall risk assessment

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Aud, M.A., Alexander, G., Wakefield, B.J., Skubic, M., Luke, R.H., Anderson, D., & Keller, J.M.

Falls are a critical health problem for older adults. One in every 3 people ages 65 or older falls each year, making falls the most common cause of trauma-related injuries and hospitalizations in older adults and the leading cause...

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Findings from a participatory evaluation of a smart home application for older adults

Written By: Demiris G., Parker Oliver D., Dickey G., Skubic M., & Rantz M.

The aim of this paper is to present a participatory evaluation of an actual “smart home” project implemented in an independent retirement facility. Using the participatory evaluation process, residents guided the research team through development and implementation of the...

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Use of videophones for distant caregiving: An enriching experience for families and residents in long-term care

Written By: Demiris, G., Parker-Oliver, D., Hensel, B.K., Dickey, G., Rantz, M., & Skubic, M.

The objective of this study was to explore the role of videophone technology in enhancing the distant caregiving experience of and communication between residents of a long-term care facility and their family members. Ten participants – 4 residents of...

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Sensor systems for monitoring functional status in assisted living facility residents

Written By: Alexander, G.L., Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Aud, M.A., Wakefield, B., Florea, E., & Paul, A.

This article provides results of an expert review of data displays for a sensor system used to monitor functional abilities in older adults. The research took place at TigerPlace, an assisted living facility where the sensor system is currently...

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Modeling human activity from voxel person using fuzzy logic

Written By: Anderson D., Luke R.H., Keller J.M., Skubic M., Rantz M. & Aud M.

As part of an interdisciplinary collaboration on eldercare monitoring, a sensor suite for the home has been augmented with video cameras. Multiple cameras are used to view the same environment and the world is quantized into nonoverlapping volume elements...

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A comparison of video-based resident-family communication in a nursing home and a congregate living facility

Written By: Hensel, B., Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., & Rantz, M.

Objective: To explore user perceptions of videophone communication in different long-term care settings by comparing interview transcripts of a study involving residents of a congregate living facility (CLF) and family members with findings of a case study involving a...

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A smart home application to eldercare: current status and lessons learned

Written By: Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Popescu, M., Rantz, M., & Keller, J.

To address an aging population, we have been investigating sensor networks for monitoring older adults in their homes. In this paper, we report ongoing work in which passive sensor networks have been installed in 17 apartments in an aging...

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Developing a comprehensive electronic health record to enhance nurse care coordination, use of technology, and research

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Popescu, M., Aud, M., Koopman, R., & Miller, S.

As in acute care, use of health information technology in long-term care holds promise for increased efficiency, better accuracy, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. A comprehensive electronic health record (EHR), which encompasses all health care measures that clinicians want...

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Tracking exercise motions of older adults using contours

Written By: Havens, T.C., Alexander, G.L., Abbott, C.C., Keller, J.M., Skubic, M. & Rantz, M.

In this paper we describe the development of a novel markerless motion capture system and explore its use in documenting elder exercise routines in a health club. This system uses image contour tracking and swarm intelligence methods to track...

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TigerPlace, a state-academic-private project to revolutionize traditional long term care

Written By: 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.

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...

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TigerPlace: training veterinarians about animal companionship for the elderly

Written By: Johnson, R.A., Rantz, M.J., McKenney, C.A., & Cline, K.M.C.

Students learn more effectively when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Therefore, case studies have become increasingly popular as a way to teach students about a representative subject. This article discusses the benefits of case studies, with...

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Linguistic summarization of video for fall detection using voxel person and fuzzy logic

Written By: Anderson D., Luke R.H., Keller J.M., Skubic M., Rantz M. & Aud M.

In this paper, we present a method for recognizing human activity from linguistic summarizations of temporal fuzzy inference curves representing the states of a three-dimensional object called voxel person. A hierarchy of fuzzy logic is used, where the output...

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In-home fall risk assessment and detection sensor system

Written By: Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Abbott, C., Galambos, C., Pak, Y., Ho, D.K., Stone, E.E., Rui, L., Back, J., & Miller, S.J.

Falls are a major problem in older adults. A continuous, unobtrusive, environmentally mounted (i.e., embedded into the environment and not worn by the individual), in home monitoring system that automatically detects when falls have occurred or when the risk...

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Older adults’ privacy considerations for vision based recognition methods of eldercare applications

Written By: Demiris, G., Parker-Oliver, D., Giger, J., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M.

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...

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An analysis of human motion detection systems use during elder exercise routines

Written By: Alexander, G.L., Havens, T.C., Rantz, M., Keller, J., & Abbott, C.C.

Human motion analysis provides motion pattern and body pose estimations. This study integrates computer-vision techniques and explores a markerless human motion analysis system. Using human–computer interaction (HCI) methods and goals, researchers use a computer interface to provide feedback about...

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Radar placement for fall detection: signature and performance

Written By: Su, B-Y., Ho, K.C., Rantz, M.R. & Skubic, M.

Two popular mounting positions of Doppler radar for human fall detection are in the ceiling center and at the torso level. This paper examines the fall signatures observed by a Doppler radar at the two positions and evaluates their...

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Exploratory analysis of older adults’ sedentary behavior in the primary living area using Kinect depth data

Written By: Banerjee, T., Yefimova, M., Keller, J., Skubic, M., Woods, D.L., & Rantz, M.

We describe case studies of clinically significant changes in sedentary behavior of older adults captured with a novel computer vision algorithm for depth data. An unobtrusive Microsoft Kinect sensor continuously recorded older adults’ activity in the primary living spaces...

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Estimation of human walking speed by Doppler radar for elderly care

Written By: Rui, L., Chen, S., Ho, K.C., Rantz, M., & Skubic, M.

This paper presents a human walking speed estimation algorithm using a Doppler radar system for in-home passive gait assessment of elderly adults. The Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) has been a common approach to obtain the gait speed estimation. The...

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Monitoring the relative blood pressure using a hydraulic bed sensor system

Written By: Su, B.Y., Enayati, M., Skubic, M., Despins, L., Keller, J., Popescu, M., Guidoboni, G., & Rantz, M.

We propose a non-wearable hydraulic bed sensor system that is placed underneath the mattress to estimate the relative systolic blood pressure of a subject, which only differs from the actual blood pressure by a scaling and an offset factor....

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Assessment of fall characteristics from depth sensor videos

Written By: O’Connor, J.J., Phillips, L.J., Folarinde, B., Alexander, G.L., & Rantz, M.

Falls are a major source of death and disability in older adults; little data, however, are available about the etiology of falls in community-dwelling older adults. Sensor systems installed in independent and assisted living residences of 105 older adults...

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Older adults’ perceptions and preferences of a fall risk assessment system: Exploring stages of acceptance model

Written By: Galambos, C., Back, J., Rantz, M., Jung Sim, J., Skubic, M., & Miller, S.

Aging in place is a preferred and cost-effective living option for older adults. Research indicates that technology can assist with this goal. Information on consumer preferences will help in technology development to assist older adults to age in place....

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An automatic in-home fall detection system using Doppler radar signatures

Written By: Liu, L., Popescu, M., Skubic, M., Rantz, M., & Cuddihy, P.

One in three elders over the age of 65 falls each year in the United States. This paper describes a non-invasive fall detection system based on a Doppler radar sensor. The developed system has been tested in two environments:...

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Using embedded sensors in independent living to predict gait changes and falls

Written By: Phillips, L. J., Deroche, C., Rantz, M., Alexander, G. L., Skubic, M., Despins, L., Abbott, C., Harris, B. H., Galambos, C., & Koopman, R.

This study explored using Big Data, totaling 66 terabytes over 10 years, captured from sensor systems installed in independent living apartments to predict falls from pre-fall changes in residents’ Kinect-recorded gait parameters. Over a period of 3 to 48...

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Randomized trial of intelligent sensor system for early illness alerts in senior housing

Written By: Rantz, M., Phillips, L.J., Galambos, C., Lane, K., Alexander, G.L., Despins, L., Koopman, R.J., Skubic, M., Hicks, L., Miller, S., Craver, A., Harris, B., & Deroche, C.B.

Objectives: Measure the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using sensor data from an environmentally embedded sensor system for early illness recognition. This sensor system has demonstrated in pilot studies to detect changes in function and in chronic diseases or...

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