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Environment-aware system for Alzheimer's patients

: Barreto, Ana; Oliveira, Renato; Sousa, Filipe; Cardoso, Artur; Duarte, Cândido

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -EMBS-:
4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, Mobihealth 2014. Proceedings : "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"; Athens, Greece, 3 - 5 November 2014
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4799-5024-9
ISBN: 978-1-63190-014-3
International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare (MobiHealth) <4, 2014, Athens>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer AICOS ()
Alzheimer's disease; Dementia; GSM-GPRS; GPS; remote monitoring

Alzheimer's disease is a major cause of disability in older people and because of its nature and symptoms it is a huge weight on the caregivers and health system. The aim of this project, developed at Fraunhofer Portugal, is to create a remote monitoring system for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. This system comprises a device able to monitor the environment temperature and humidity, the patients location, using GPS, as well as the patient's movements, including falls. The device sends this information to the caregiver via SMS, and also to a server, where it is stored in a database developed in this work, and which the caregiver can access via a smartphone, using an application also developed in this project. This system therefore affords a close surveillance of the patient's status as well as access to historical data of the patient's information.