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Smartphone based fall prevention exercises

: Ferreira, Bruno Neves; Guimaraes, Vania; Ferreira, Hugo Sereno


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Communications Society:
2013 IEEE 15th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom 2013). Including workshops : Lisbon, Portugal, 9 - 12 October 2013
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5799-9
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5801-9
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5800-2
International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom) <15, 2013, Lisbon>
Fraunhofer AICOS ()
Fall prevention; smartphone; android; Exercises; Falls; Older People; inertial sensors

Falling is a very serious problem for our society, as it affects one out of three older adults. Currently, this is a well-known problem and therefore multiple ICT-based solutions for falls management exist. In addition, a small part of them are said to help preventing falls, but most of the reviewed solutions doesn't seem to have their focus in reducing specific fall risk factors like loss of muscle mass or a poor balance. The proposed ICT-based fall prevention solution is based on an existing fall prevention exercise programme specifically designed for the Portuguese population. It takes advantage of the smartphone processing capabilities as well as its built-in inertial sensors to evaluate the movements performed during the execution of specific exercises. Using only a simple smartphone it is possible to provide a friendly and inexpensive solution capable of increasing seniors' adherence to fall prevention exercises as well as raise their motivation to properly execut e the exercises in their home environment.