Special communication| Volume 93, ISSUE 6, P935-939, June 2012

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Workshop on Personal Motion Technologies for Healthy Independent Living: Executive Summary

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      Rodgers MM, Cohen ZA, Joseph L, Rossi W, for the Workshop on Personal Motion Technologies for Healthy Independent Living Presenters. Workshop on personal motion technologies for healthy independent living: executive summary.
      The objective of the June 2010 “Workshop on Personal Motions Technologies for Healthy Independent Living” was to discuss personal motion technologies that might enable older adults and individuals with disability to live independently for longer periods. The 60 participants included clinicians, academic researchers, engineers, patient advocates, caregivers, members of the public, and federal representatives. The workshop was divided into 6 sessions that addressed the following: (1) use of technologies in identifying early indicators of disease or adverse events; (2) monitoring daily activities; (3) coping with impairment; (4) managing mild cognitive impairment; (5) rehabilitation and exercise in the home; and (6) caregiver support. Presentations and discussion focused on clinical needs, the health impact of addressing those needs, state-of-the-art technologies, and challenges to adoption of those technologies. Conclusions included the following: (1) Involvement of end-users in research and development will increase the likelihood that technologies will be adopted. (2) Integration of differing types of technology into a system that includes clinical measures is required for independent living. (3) Seniors are willing to sacrifice some privacy for an effective technology that keeps them in their homes as long as they control who receives their data. (4) Multilevel and multiscale models are needed to understand motion in the context of the environment and to design effective systems.

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      CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), MCI (mild cognitive impairment), NIA (National Institute on Aging), NIBIB (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering), NIDRR (National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research), NIH (National Institutes of Health), NSF (National Science Foundation), VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs)
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