Eldercare Technology for Clinical Practitioners / Edition 1

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Overview

The proportion of the world's population of individuals over the age of 60 is expected to double to 20% by 2030. This change in the demographic, and its potential economic impact on industrialized nations has prompted active research in automated systems for functional and health status monitoring and assistance, enabled by recent technological advancement. Eldercare Technology for Clinical Practitioners addresses technologies targeted at the assessment, early detection, and the mitigation of common geriatric conditions including decline in functional abilities, gait, mobility, sleep disturbance, vision impairment, hearing loss, falls, and cognitive decline. This book not only describes the state of both embedded and wearable technologies, including technologies under research and on the brink of translation into products, but also focuses on research showing the potential utility of these technologies in the field. This book comes at a time when interest in eldercare technology and the need for effective and appropriate technologies are peaking. This important volume in the Aging Medicine Series will be an indispensable aid to all professionals involved in the field of eldercare: Practical for geriatricians and all physicians and providers of eldercare services, Comprehensive overview of the latest in eldercare technologies.
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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book describes how technology works for older persons and how clinicians can use technology to help older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to review recent research and to describe the state of the art in technologies that assess and monitor older persons and assist them in their activities of daily living. This is a broad charge and the book highlights these areas nicely.
Audience: The authors intend their audience to be "eldercare practitioners," students of medicine, nursing, social studies, technology, engineers and designers. The authors are a wonderful catholic blend of scientists, engineers, and clinicians, all of whom are experts in their fields.
Features: The book covers technologies for assessing function and cognitive decline. Among them are technologies for assessing gait and mobility, smart mobility devices and devices for hearing and visual impairment, and devices to help sleep disturbances and falls. Throughout, the end-user aspects are emphasized. In other words, these devices have to be able to be used by older persons themselves, not just by the designers.
Assessment: This is a useful book that covers a wide area. A chapter on architecture and urban planning would complement the others in this book. It is not only that the smart assistive device senses the motion of the user and adapts to it, but what the older person goes through in space colors the interaction of man and machine as well. This book provides a vista of the future in which advanced technology will help older persons and their caregivers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588298980
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Series: Aging Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     v
Contributors     ix
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations     xi
Introduction   Richard Lindsay     1
Functional Assessment Technologies   Marilyn Rantz   Marjorie Skubic   Kathryn Burks   Jie Yu   George Demiris   Brian K. Hensel   Gregory L. Alexander   Zhihai He   Harry W. Tyrer   Marc Hamilton   Jia Lee   Marybeth Brown     5
Mobility and Gait Assessment Technologies   Patrick O. Riley   Kate W. Paylo   D. Casey Kerrigan     33
Intelligent Mobility Aids for the Elderly   Glenn Wasson   Pradip Sheth   Cunjun Huang   Majd Alwan     53
Sleep and Sleep Assessment Technologies   Steven M. Koenig   David Mack   Majd Alwan     77
Vision Impairment Assessment and Assistive Technologies   Stanley Woo     121
Managing Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Assessment, Intervention, and Technologies for Independence and Well Being   Matthew H. Bakke   Claire M. Bernstein   Scott J. Bally   Janet L. Pray     143
Falls, Fall Prevention, and Fall Detection Technologies   Prabhu Rajendran   Amy Corcoran   Bruce Kinosian   Majd Alwan     187
Computerized Methods for Cognitive Testing   Vered Aharonson   Amos D. Korczyn     203
Index     217
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