‘Care Chair’ helps detect patients’ movements, mental state

This article speaks about how a utilitarian chair can be used as a great medical tool to monitor and measure patients. Dr. De and Das of Missouri S & T have developed the chair and have purposed it to examine elderly patients. They have refitted the utilitarian chair with sensors that can detect and monitor patient’s moves as they sit in the chair throughout the day. The researchers on this project hope to capture and codify particular movements that could possibly predict conditions before they are overt. For instance, they may be able to detect dementia or Alzheimer’s well before the patients exhibit problems that are noticed by family members. This would be a major step in proactive treatment of diseases that significantly impact the quality of life for elderly individuals.

Key Points:

  • 1When we move, subtle movements can indicate our mental state
  • 2A team developed a chair to study dementia
  • 3Dementia remains a global health challenge

Working with Dr. Mignon Makos at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), the team is using the chair for sensing and data analytics designed for cognitive health assessment in elderly people who are prone to different levels of dementia, and in slowly rehabilitating patients with cognitive impairments, such as stroke and cancer survivors.

Read the full article at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-chair-patients-movements-mental-state.html


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