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CRI Research Seminar: Nolwenn Lapierre

CRI Research Seminar: Nolwenn Lapierre

The use of video-based technologies for older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place.

As a psychomotor therapist, I developed an expertise in older adults’ rehabilitation and research in the field of technologies to support aging-in-place (i.e., aging safely at home while being involved in one’s community).

Two of the biggest threats to aging-in-place are falls and the behavioural symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., wandering, agitation). These problematic overburden caregivers, precipitate institutionalisation and complexify the care in those institutions. Technology solutions exist to support older adults and their caregivers. Video-based technologies present advantages to detect, evaluate and intervene for these age-related issues. This presentation aims to expose how video-based technologies can support older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place. Early detection of falls and behavioural symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders at home or in long-term care contribute to reducing their consequences. Despite some prejudices, video-cameras are well accepted to detect dangerous events at home and send alert to caregivers. Technological difficulties can be overcome to successfully implement video-based technologies at home. Likewise, they can inform the causes of the falls and the behavioural symptoms in order to adjust the rehabilitation treatment. Moreover, in the form of exergames (games targeting physical activity) video-based technologies can support the rehabilitation professional to provide older adults with rehabilitation program adapted to the older adults’ abilities, specific health issues, in a fun way that improves their motivation and adherence to the treatment. Ethical considerations regarding users’ privacy and user-centred approaches have guided this work in order to support older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place.