VTT rollators inspire elderly to exercise more
23 Jan 2018, 00:27 ( 4 Months ago) | updated: 23 Jan 2018, 11:41 ( 4 Months ago)
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Orton are exploring the benefits and impacts of technology in motivating seniors to increase physical activity.
This is being done under the new MoveRoll project based on a smart rollator developed by VTT, said a press release.
The project is funded by the Academy of Finland.
The basic idea is that even a small increase in physical activity can have a major effect on the wellbeing of the elderly.
The smart rollator, which can be used to monitor the wellbeing, physical condition and health of seniors based on the data it gathers, is a key part of the project. The smart aspects of the rollator are the added sensors and algorithms that measure a range of functions. A basic service concept is developed using data such as the distance covered and the daily or weekly activity goal. Feedback can be provided on the achievement of individual goals over longer time periods.
“The service concept takes into account the viewpoints of care staff, such as physiotherapists, and close relatives, in addition to the special needs of the older people concerned. This enables these people to react at an early stage if, for example, activity is far below target, or if there are changes in the daily rhythm, or the rollator is not used on a certain day,” said Professor Heikki Hurri of Orton.
“Individual, rehabilitative and timely services tailored for seniors help them to lead an unhindered and meaningful everyday life, and increase their sense of safety. Technological applications can also help them to continue leading active and independent lives, prevent hazardous situations and postpone the need for more intensive services,” said Principal Scientist Mark van Gils of VTT.