AMIE • Ambient Intelligence for the ElderlyUsing technology and sensing to let care dependent elderly people remain in their homes
If you enable increasingly care dependent elderly people to continue living in their own homes, you have a win/win scenario. For one, you cut out the cost of institutionalising. More importantly though, elderly people can remain independent longer and continue living in their own homes and familiar surroundings. In order to facilitate this we performed research on using digital technology and sensors. For example, we measured emotional wellbeing using bed sensors, and provided biofeedback relaxation exercises to decrease sleep latency in elderly insomniacs. Also we used motion sensing to measure the severity of symptoms in COPD patients and provided a touchscreen portal which lets them communicate with health providers and their loved ones.