Improvement in Quality of Life with Use of Ambient-Assisted Living: Clinical Trial with Older Persons in the Chilean Population

Carla Taramasco, Carla Rimassa, Felipe Martinez

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Abstract

In Chile, 18% of the population is over 60 years old and is projected to reach 31% in three decades. An aging population demands the development of strategies to improve quality of life (QoL). In this randomized trial, we present the implementation and evaluation of the Quida platform, which consists of a network of unintrusive sensors installed in the houses of elderly participants to monitor their activities and provide assistance. Sixty-nine elderly participants were included. A significant increase in overall QoL was observed amongst participants allocated to the interventional arm (p < 0.02). While some studies point out difficulties monitoring users at home, Quida demonstrates that it is possible to detect presence and movement to identify patterns of behavior in the sample studied, allowing us to visualize the behavior of older adults at different time intervals to support their medical evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number268
JournalSensors
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • age in place
  • age-friendly environments
  • ambient assisting living
  • healthy aging
  • quality of life
  • sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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