Monitoring Technology for the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$173,925.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AG043067-01
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
R43AG043067
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIA
Solicitation Number:
AG12-010
Small Business Information
6901 EAST FISH LAKE RD, STE 190, MAPLE GROVE, MN, 55369-5457
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964564731
Principal Investigator:
JOHN CONDON
(612) 251-6560
jcondon@ieee.org
Business Contact:
JOHN CONDON
(612) 251-6560
jcondon@ieee.org
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Innovative Design Labs (IDL) proposes to develop a low-power, low-cost, high compliance system for monitoring gait parameters indicative of increasing fall-risk. Falls are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in older people, and fall-related injuries represent a significant burden to the patients, their families, caregivers an the society as a whole. Consequences of fall-related injuries, such as chronic pain and decreased mobility, contribute to prolonged hospital stays and institutionalization. The fear of fall-related injuries isolates the elderly, reducing their mobility and independence. This projects aims to develop a low-cost fall risk monitoring technology that is unobtrusive to the elderly patient. The primary focus of the physical and software design is to achieve a very high compliance and user satisfaction throughout daily, continual use. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Falls are a leading cause of injury and accidental death in persons over the age of 65 years. The psychological impact of a fall or near fall often results in fear of falling, reducing their independence and activities of daily living (ADLs). By monitoring gait parameters with a small wearable sensor, falls can be prevented. A novel fall-risk monitoring device designed to ensure ease of use, comfort, and high compliance is proposed.

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