Personal fitness tracking devices have become hugely popular with active adults. Now, a new personal activity tracker on the market that monitors the body position and motion of seniors living at home can provide family members or caretakers with clues about early signs of serious health problems. Unlike medical alert devices that provide 24-7 emergency help at the touch of a button, the new activity tracker, CarePredict Tempo, consists of a wrist sensor and four room sensors placed throughout a senior’s living quarters to detect daily movement.
Gauging the Rhythm of a Loved One
Once installed, the activity tracker system develops a baseline for a senior’s normal daily activities for seven days. The CarePredict Tempo wrist sensor uses sophisticated software to detect an older adult’s motion — whether lying down, sitting, walking, or running. Simultaneously, the beacons and the communications hub, which are plugged into household outlets throughout the home, determine the person’s location.
Information from the wrist sensor and beacons is then wirelessly and continuously transmitted to the Internet, where it is analyzed on secure servers and turned into a “rhythm journal” digital readout that the senior’s relatives or caretakers can track with complete privacy on any computer. Any unusual change detected, such as lying down in the kitchen or bathroom, triggers an e-mail or text message alert sent to relatives or caretakers.
Innovation From Personal Experience
The CarePredict Tempo activity tracker system is the brainchild of Satish Movva, who founded CarePredict after seeing how the condition of his own parents could change between his weekly visits with them. He set out to devise a way he could monitor their physical activity on a real-time basis while helping to catch potential health problems before they became serious. Movva discovered that when it comes to older adults, it’s the little things that count — small differences or anomalies in a senior’s activity patterns often indicate critical changes in her health.
The new activity tracker system is just one of many remote electronic products, including medical alert systems, intelligent floors, and cameras that can monitor seniors who remain at home. According to MIT AgeLab director Joseph Coughlin, the CarePredict Tempo is part of a growing trend of products that enable seniors to maintain independence by connecting them with caregivers.
As these devices become more fashionable, less intrusive, and enhance the quality of seniors’ health care, experts believe that older populations will adapt to them more quickly.