Eldercare Technology for Clinical Practitioners / Edition 1

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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: 9781617378324
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Aging Medicine Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Richard Lindsay, M.D. Chapter 2: Functional Assessment Technologies Marilyn Rantz, R.N., Ph.D., Marjorie Skubic, Ph.D., Kathryn Burks, R.N., Ph.D., Jie Yu, B.S.N., R.N., George Demiris, Ph.D., Brian K. Hensel, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Gregory L. Alexander, Ph.D., R.N., Zhihai He, Ph.D., Harry W. Tyrer, Ph.D., Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., Jia Lee, Ph.D., R.N., Marybeth Brown, Ph.D. Chapter 3: Mobility and Gait Assessment Technologies Patrick Riley, Ph.D., Kate W. Paylo, D.O., D. Casey Kerrigan, M.D., M.S. Chapter 4: Mobility Aids for the Elderly Glenn Wasson, Ph.D., Pradip Sheth, Ph.D., Cunjun Huang, Ph.D., Majd Alwan, Ph.D. Chapter 5: Sleep Assessment Technologies Steven Koenig, M.D., David Mack, Majd Alwan, Ph.D. Chapter 6: Vision Impairment Assessment and Correction Technologies Stanley Woo, Ph.D. Chapter 7: Managing hearing loss in older adults: assessment, intervention and technologies for independence and well being Matthew H. Bakke, Ph.D., Claire M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Scott J. Bally, Ph.D., Janet L. Pray, Ph.D. Chapter 8: Falls, Fall Prevention and Fall Detection Technology Prabhu Rajendran, M.S., Amy Corcoran, M.D., Bruce Kinosian, M.D., Majd Alwan, Ph.D. Chapter 9: Computerized Methods for Cognitive Testing Vered Aharonson, Ph.D., Amos Korczyn, M.D.

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