Workshop on personal motion technologies for healthy independent living: Executive summary

Mary M. Rodgers, Zohara A. Cohen, Lyndon Joseph, Winifred Rossi

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The objective of the June 2010 "Workshop on Personal Motions Technologies for Healthy Independent Living" was to discuss personal motion technologies that might enable older adults and individuals with disability to live independently for longer periods. The 60 participants included clinicians, academic researchers, engineers, patient advocates, caregivers, members of the public, and federal representatives. The workshop was divided into 6 sessions that addressed the following: (1) use of technologies in identifying early indicators of disease or adverse events; (2) monitoring daily activities; (3) coping with impairment; (4) managing mild cognitive impairment; (5) rehabilitation and exercise in the home; and (6) caregiver support. Presentations and discussion focused on clinical needs, the health impact of addressing those needs, state-of-the-art technologies, and challenges to adoption of those technologies. Conclusions included the following: (1) Involvement of end-users in research and development will increase the likelihood that technologies will be adopted. (2) Integration of differing types of technology into a system that includes clinical measures is required for independent living. (3) Seniors are willing to sacrifice some privacy for an effective technology that keeps them in their homes as long as they control who receives their data. (4) Multilevel and multiscale models are needed to understand motion in the context of the environment and to design effective systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-939
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Workshop was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research.

Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Caregivers
  • Independent Living
  • Motion
  • Rehabilitation
  • Remote Sensing Technology
  • Technology

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